GOSHEN, Ind. A Goshen family's Christmas tradition has brightened the holidays for many over the past 28 years.
But, in the new year, it will come to an end.
Gene and Ann Stutsman have decorated the blue spruce in their front lawn since 1985.
"It started out about 15-feet high and then it's grown to over 70 feet right now," Gene said.
The giant tree's become a fixture along Indiana Avenue, where dozens of families drive by to see it lit up every year.
It's gotten so large, Gene has to use a cherry picker to string the lights.
But, the tree is dying after being attacked by a common virus, so it must come down.
"Probably look for a good, for a nice day in January to get back up there with a cherry picker and start pulling the lights off," Gene said.
On Monday. the Goshen City Council honored the couple with the first ever “Goshen Common Good Award.”
The couple was selected because of the selfless act of creating and sustaining a 'landmark for the enjoyment of thousands of area residents.'
The Stutsmans say the tree will be cut down once the weather gets warmer in the beginning of 2014.