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Storm Sandy provides Christmas tree

The Dyott family tree was the top of a much larger one, toppled by Sandy.

One Ridgefield family didn’t have to look too hard for its Christmas tree this year.

“We lost three medium-size evergreens and then we lost a couple larger ones” in Hurricane Sandy, Lyn Dyott said.

They had Bartlett Tree Experts, based in Danbury, clearing up some of the mess last week.

“They asked us if we had our Christmas tree,” Mrs. Dyott said.

“We said, it’s too bad they’re too big, and he said, ‘oh, we can just cut the tops off.’ [They] were very nice.”

“They held them up for us to look at,” Mrs. Dyott said. “We literally stood in our driveway and picked out a tree.”

“We picked the best one and then they took the other ones, and they said somebody in their office probably could use one.”

“My husband was very happy to hear that we didn’t have to go hunting this year,” Mrs. Dyott said.

The Dyotts used to cut their own Christmas trees “until the year my husband got poison ivy,” she said. Since then “we pick one that’s already been cut at Jones’ Farm in Shelton.”

“Because it’s a blue spruce it’s a little more prickly,” Mrs. Dyott said. “They tend to have long branches and they tend to point straight up,” she said. She’s hoping the branches will level a bit with the ornaments.

“We haven’t decorated it yet,” she said Monday. “My husband had to go out of town, and he usually does the lights first.”

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