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By Jane Gonzalez-Meyer
Central Missourians are getting a bright gift this Valentine’s Day. It’s the last time you can catch the affectionately named “Magic Tree” in Columbia.
Located in the village of Cherry Hill, the Magic Tree is usually lit between Thanksgiving and January 6th every year. It’s a crabapple tree that Randy Fletcher (aka Will Treelighter) illuminates with Christmas lights each holiday season.
Since 1995, Randy has completely wrapped this tree from top to bottom in a wide spectrum of lights that can only be described as “magical.” It proved to be a huge hit within the surrounding communities. He eventually moved the lights to a different location because spectators created traffic jams in his neighborhood.
This year, when everyone thought the lighting season was over, the Magic Tree Facebook page announced that the tree will be lit for the last time this year on Valentine’s Day.
Fletcher created the Magic Tree to inspire joy and love within its viewers. In our world today, it is hard to always see the good in others and even ourselves, but the Magic Tree serves as a reminder of the beauty in the world. It can motivate us to help one another and realize that we all have hope and love within us.
Since Valentine’s Day is a day to show others how much you love them, why not take them to the tree that embodies that love?