Before this 50-foot Christmas tree was on display in downtown Rockford, Byron Station Senior Reactor Operator Evan Peyton was using it as home plate during childhood front yard baseball games.
Peyton's mom, Jill, decided to donate the tree this year for use in Rockford's annual Stroll on State event.
Here's a little more of the tree's history from Peyton: "The tree is about 27 years old. It started out at about 1-foot tall, and we got it for $10. When my brother and I were little, it represented home plate for front yard baseball games. As it grew to be as tall as us, it became the backdrop for different pre-event photos like high school homecoming and prom. Over the last 10 years the tree grew much taller and wider and started getting close to the front of the house. We joked that if it had to be cut down it looked good enough to be the Christmas tree for the white house, and that inspired my mom to submit it for Rockford's Stroll on State."