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Chicago’s Christmas tree donated by South Holland family

This 57-foot Colorado blue spruce is being donated as Chicago's Christmas tree by Moore family South Holland. It will be

This 57-foot Colorado blue spruce is being donated as Chicago's Christmas tree by the Moore family of South Holland. It will be lighted at the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 26. Terri Moore and her daughters, 11-year-old Kirsten and 8-year-old Taylor, will join Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Santa Claus and other special guests for the 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony.

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Updated: December 5, 2013 6:23AM



Chicago’s Christmas tree arrives Friday in Daley Plaza — a 57-foot Colorado blue spruce donated by the Moore family of South Holland.

It will be lighted at the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 26.

Terri Moore and her daughters, 11-year-old Kirsten and 8-year-old Taylor, will join Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Santa Claus and other special guests for the 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony. A program that includes live performances headlined by Darlene Love begins at 5 p.m.

The tree will be cut down Thursday and delivered to Daley Plaza at 7 p.m. Friday, according to a city news release, though that time is subject to change. It will be on display there until Jan. 9.

The first 1913 Christmas tree was a gift to the residents of Chicago from an associate of Capt. Herman Scheunemann, the captain of the Rouse Simmons, known as the “Christmas Tree Ship,” which lost in a storm on Lake Michigan Nov. 23, 1912.

Since 2009, Chicago’s Christmas tree has been a single tree donated by a Chicago area family.

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