Father has kept Christmas tree up for 40 years

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Man Keeps Christmas Tree Up for 40 Years

WAUSAU, Wis. - For the past 40 years, a slim-looking spruce tree has been a fixture in Neil Olson's living room in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Neil put the tree up in 1974, when two of his six sons went off to serve in the Vietnam War.

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He planned to take it down when all six of his boys were home again for Christmas at the same time.

Five of them have been able to come home, but he's still waiting for his sixth son, who is "100 percent disabled" and suffers from PTSD to make that journey home. Since he can't fly, it's nearly impossible for him to make it back to his dad. "It's one of those things in life, you know?" Neil said.

Until then, the tree remains up. And the most amazing part? After all these years, so many of the needles remain.

"It's not hurting me, it's staying right there. Every year it looks prettier," Neil said. "I never had any water. I just stuck it up on the stand, and every year after the branches got a little lower ... I just put a little more tinsel on it to brighten it up," he said.

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