In the quaint town of Pertoltice pod Ralskem, Czech Republic, a 50-year-old spruce tree has embarked on a journey to spread Christmas cheer far and wide. Measuring an impressive 22 meters and weighing 4.7 tons, this majestic tree has been chosen to grace the Old Town Square in Prague. Once a proud resident of a private garden, the tree was safely installed into a two-meter pit at the square at the quiet hour of 2 AM.
Secured with steel cables and weights, this towering beauty will be adorned with over eight kilometers of light chains, 50 radiant light stars, and 342 colorful balls. This process of transformation into a beacon of festive spirit is not a day's work but will span several days. The tree lighting ceremony, marking the official start of the holiday season, is scheduled for the upcoming Saturday. Once lit, the tree will shine daily from 4 PM to midnight, spreading light and joy until the Epiphany.
A Donated Delight
The owner of the tree, Radek Lupoměský, had a choice to make. He could have cut and burned the tree, especially considering the risk it posed of falling during strong winds. But he opted to donate it, to let it serve a purpose greater than just wood. In return for his contribution, Lupoměský received a reward of ten thousand crowns. True to his spirit of generosity, he chose to donate this amount to a senior home in Mimon, spreading the warmth of the season even further.
After the Glitter Fades
But the tree's journey does not end with the holiday season. After the holidays, the tree's branches will find a new home at the Prague Zoo. The trunk, on the other hand, will be repurposed into lumber. This lumber will be used in apprentice education for furniture and wooden product manufacturing, ensuring the tree's legacy lives on, its story interwoven with those of countless others.