Lambeau Gets a Christmas Tree

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As we get closer to the end of the year, the Green Bay Packers are starting to express some holiday cheer.
The 13th annual Festival of Lights is this weekend, but before it begins–Lambeau needs a tree.

“I’m excited, but I’m also nervous,” said Jan Monday, part of the family that donated this year’s tree. “I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s kind of scary.”

It is a tree that has been in the ground for nearly 50 years and towers over 50 feet tall by their estimate.

“We used to turn over an eight-foot ladder, but the ladder got too short or the tree got too tall,” said her husband, Joe Monday.

There is history here, sure, but the couple agrees that enough was enough and could not pass up free tree removal.

“We’ll come out of the garage–it scratches the car a little on one side and you can hardly get through to go to the back yard anymore, it got so big,” said Jan.

There were about five families that the Packers held in serious contention for this year’s Festival of Lights Christmas tree.
The Mondays wrote an essay describing the tree and sent it to Lambeau Field.

“And then pretty soon, somebody came out and looked at it and said, ‘I like your tree,'” she said.

It will be decorated as the week goes on, and lighted this weekend.
And all of the Mondays will be there.

“Oh, yes, they’re all coming,” said Jan. “They’re coming from Madison and our other two kids, so. And a lot of the grand kids are coming.”

Some privacy was lifted right out of their yard, but plans are already underway to replace it.

“A life-sized statue of Joe?” asked Local 5’s John Domol.
“No, no–I don’t think we’ll be around that long,” laughed Jan and Joe.

The tree lighting is this Saturday, December 1, at Lambeau Field.


The Green Bay Packers are getting into the holiday spirit at Lambeau Field, just ahead of the 13th year of the Festival of Lights.

Jan and Joe Monday donated the tree they’ve had in their yard for over 45 years. Miron construction cleaned the tree up, and relocated it to its pedestal at the home of the Packers.

The Mondays were one of about five families that were seriously considered for the privilege of donating the next big tree.

The Festival of Lights is Saturday, December 1, with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Harlan Plaza (right in front of the Atrium at Lambeau Field). There will be cookie decorating, holiday movies, and maybe a visit from Santa Claus, himself.

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