The same tree still stands in his living room. Olson’s oldest son was injured in the Vietnam War, and his disability has stopped him from returning to Wausau from Washington state for Christmas.

So the tree has stayed up, still covered in the same ornaments, tinsel and lights as the day Olson decorated it. And the needles, though yellowing, are still there.

“The needles are still there for a reason,” said the 89-year-old. “It’s supernatural,” he added.

His youngest son, Rich Olson, said the tree has become a part of his father’s furniture. “It’s like family now,” he said.

Despite the tree’s permanent status, Olson hasn’t flicked on the lights since the year he put it up. The multi-coloured lights are nearly 100 years old, he said.

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