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First decorated Christmas tree in Windsor Locks

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The first Christmas tree decorated in the United States was believed to be in Windsor Locks. (WFSB) The first Christmas tree decorated in the United States was believed to be in Windsor Locks. (WFSB)

The town of Windsor Locks stakes its claim to the beginning the tradition of decorating trees for the Christmas holiday.

After you were stuffed with stuffing on Thanksgiving, Many Connecticut residents turn their attention to a tree lot such as Vinnie's Little Acre in Windsor Locks. It's a go-to place for decking the halls.

"This is local. All supported Connecticut grown Christmas trees and we buy the brush to make the wreaths and the boxes are all decorated by myself here,” Vincent Cianfarani Jr. with Vinnie's Little Acre said.

Coincidentally, Vinnie’s Christmas trees are near the site of the first Christmas tree.

A marker in this Windsor Locks field likely indicates where the first tree was decorated in New England around 1777.

"There's a lot of things about Windsor Locks history that are very interesting and this is just one of them,” Phil Devlin, who is a Windsor Locks Historian said.

Devlin along with the Windsor Locks Historical Society believe that is the place of the first Christmas Tree.

A house stood there centuries ago, where according to legend, a German prisoner of the Revolutionary War set-up and decorated his tree.

"Most of our traditional Christmas customs have Germanic origins, the wreath, a lot of the Christmas carols for example,” Devlin said.

The Reed House is also on the property and inside, the old-fashioned Christmas spirit is understandably everywhere.

After all, what possibly started there with a decorated tree, still makes memories hundreds of years later during the holidays.

"I love it. I love it. It brings people together,” Cianfarani said. “I'm breaking up right now talking to you about it because it brings families together, it's what it is."

For more information on Vinnie’s Little Acre, click here.

To learn more about the Windsor Locks Historical Society, click here

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