By Carla Branch
Santa Claus and carolers rang in the holiday season in Alexandria at the annual lighting of the City’s Christmas tree on Friday night. Mayor Bill Euille flipped the switch and the lights came on, but less than 24 hours after the happy holiday spectacle, the 40-foot tall Norway Spruce came crashing down.
The tree was a gift from Bob and Gail Scheller of Woodbridge. It is decorated with 10,000 twinkling lights, and stands proudly on Market Square. At least it did until the high winds on Saturday snapped one of the supporting cables. The tree fell onto the steps leading onto Market Square. City workers erected it once again on Sunday and re-checked all of the cables to ensure that it is secure.
“Hopefully, it will remain standing for the remainder of the holiday season,” said Jack Browand, a spokesperson for the Alexandria Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Activities.