LANSING (WWJ) – With six months ’til Christmas and temperatures reaching neat record highs, it’s still not too soon to start looking for a the perfect holiday tree. At least that’s the consensus in Lansing.

denny olson The Hunt Is On For A Christmas Tree For Michigan Capitol

Denny Olson (credit: Michigan Association of Timbermen)

State officials have begun their search for a Christmas tree to decorate the Michigan Capitol lawn this year.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Kathryn Larson spoke with Michigan Association of Timberman Board Member Denny Olson, who doesn’t just act like old St Nick — he looks like him.

“If you could see me, I’m 300-plus pounds, I have white hair, I have a bit white beard and I’m very good at saying, ‘Ho-ho-ho,'” he said.

Olson, who coordinates the annual search, outlined the basic requirements: The tree must be a 65-foot spruce or fir, and the tree must have a maximum crown of 30 feet, a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches and easy access.

Olson said by Christmas they’ll find their tree. possible trees contenders that they’ll whittle down to one.

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