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Live the Dream STAT: How far would you go for a fantastic tree?

522 - Miles traveled last week by a Christmas tree purchased in Avery County and delivered to the City of St. Augustine, Fla.

How beautiful is the High Country countryside? A Florida coupled traveled more than 1,000 miles round trip to bring almost 20 feet of Avery County landscape home.

Glenn Lightsey and wife Vivian cut down the 19′ 3″ tall tree at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening in Newland, North Carolina; the county seat of Avery County in the northwest corner of the state.

For over 15 years, the Lightsey’s have made the selection of a holiday tree for the City and this year’s tree is among the finest. Glenn Lightsey told Historic City News editor Michael Gold this afternoon that they had to be extra careful as they made the 522-mile journey back to town with this year’s tree.

“The City deserves the very best,” Lightsey said when asked about all of the effort that goes into the process.

That's just one of the giant trees recently taken to parts known. Another will be the center of attention in Raleigh as the official Christmas Tree of the state Capitol.

North Carolina Capitol Christmas treeThe tree-lighting tradition at the State Capitol will continue when Gov. Bev Perdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves light the Christmas tree on Thursday, Dec. 8. The Junior Woman’s Club and State Capitol historic site host this free, public celebration. ...

The 24-foot tree was grown by Peak Farms in Ashe County and will stand in honor of Thomas W.H. Alexander.

This is the second straight year a tree was chosen from that Ashe County farm. Prior to that, the former governor was content to just light "a large bush-like tree" that grew on the state capitol grounds. Here's the lighting of the 2010 24-footer.