Although the pine tree selected to grace Uptown Marysville this holiday season stands at a height of 15 feet, Donald Boerger remembers when it was first planted.

Although the pine tree selected to grace Uptown Marysville this holiday season stands at a height of 15 feet, Donald Boerger remembers when it was first planted.

City crews removed the tree from Boerger's property at 428 E. 5th St. last week to be placed in the historic Uptown district and decorated for the holidays.

"I called the city, I think back in June, because the tree was just getting too big for the yard," Boerger said. "They told me they'd contact me if they wanted it or not, and they called back saying this was the best tree they'd found."

Although Boerger now lives outside of Marysville near Milford, the house on 5th Street holds many memories for him.

"It was my great-grandmother's house," he said. "The house was built in 1921, and she moved in sometime in the 1940s and lived her entire life there."

Boerger said the impressive pine started off as a two-foot sapling, which his family planted in the yard in 1999.

"The tree was originally donated to us by one of our cousins, who owned a Christmas tree farm in Mansfield," he said. "It must have liked the spot where we planted it. It really took off. I never dreamed it would grow that high."

Boerger said that in years past, his family would decorate the tree with white lights and red bows to celebrate the Christmas season.

Donating his family's tree to the city for the holidays seemed natural, Boerger said. He is currently studying landscape design and city and regional planning at Columbus State Community College."Maybe one day I can come to Marysville, after I finish grad school, and be a part of the city's plan," he said.

While all of Marysville's residents enjoy this year's Christmas tree in Uptown, Boerger said he and his family will be celebrating the holidays in a traditional way.

"We'll just be getting together with the family, going to church on Christmas Eve and opening gifts. Just sharing the holidays with one another," he said.