Christmas Tree Surprise

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 12:39pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

The Christmas tree that will be displayed at Salt Lake City's Gateway Mall this holiday season has been chosen, but it's what crews found while cutting the tree down that makes this year's selection memorable.

Craig Cardall and his wife Heather donated the tree. They have lived in their home about a year, and have always wanted to get rid of the tree, but that's expensive. Then they found out about donating it to Gateway.

"Heather's mom saw an ad in the newspaper, took pictures, sent it in; and they choose us out of 70 trees or so. We're excited. It's a great way to get rid of a tree," Craig said.

The Cardalls took pictures and watched as the gigantic blue spruce was lifted from its roots. That's when someone noticed a present under the tree. "The gentleman cutting the tree saw it: Tuesday, September 11th, 2001," Craig explained.

It was a local newspaper, preserved in its orange bag, for eight years. It would have been delivered just hours before the airplanes hit the twin towers in New York; there's no mention of the terror attacks in it.

It was fun for the couple to flip through the old paper. "Broncos beat the Giants, unlike yesterday-losing to Pittsburgh, Craig said. The Cardalls aren't sure what do to with this piece of history, but they do know what to do with the empty space in their yard they plan on planting another tree next spring...a much smaller tree.