Photos: 50-foot yule gift

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 19 2008 12:19 a.m. MST

In recent years the tree has begun to lean, and after noticing that similar trees on her street have fallen over, the Howards decided to donate the tree. Lorraine recalls buying the tree - shorter than she was - for $12.

Mike Terry, Deseret News

Lorraine Howard, above, with son Jess Howard shows a mix of emotion as the 50-foot pine tree in her Sandy yard is cut down to be the Christmas tree for The Gateway in Salt Lake City. In recent years the tree has begun to lean, and after noticing that similar trees on her street have fallen over, the Howards decided to donate the tree. Lorraine recalls buying the tree — shorter than she was — for $12.

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