CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A quarter-century ago, Janet Fewell's son bought a small evergreen to replace one that had outgrown the space in front of her Winfield home.
It's time to find another replacement.
The Fewell family has donated its 25-foot Blue Spruce as one of three trees that will be used for holiday displays this year at the state Capitol complex in Charleston.
"It was our pleasure to donate it,'' Fewell said.
A lighting ceremony will be held Dec. 6 as part of the annual Joyful Night celebration.
Every year, the Fewell family and neighbors had decorated the Blue Spruce during the holidays.
"It was a tree my son had brought home to me in a bucket about 25 years ago,'' Fewell said. "I planted it and it just kept growing.
"I babied it. I sprayed it every year to make sure worms didn't get on it. I took care if it every year.''
So much so that her husband, Ray, quipped that the tree his wife had become attached to was growing too much.
Sure enough, it eventually got too big for the space in their yard.
Several years ago, Fewell had heard about a friend who wanted to donate a tree for the state's use during the holidays, so she called the state last year and was eventually was told their tree indeed was a candidate.
But somewhere in state government's transition from Joe Manchin to Earl Ray Tomblin as governor in November 2011, the Blue Spruce got lost in the shuffle.
"They called me and said, 'if you wouldn't mind keeping it one more year, we'll take it,' '' Fewell said.