Tree Burns

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 2:15pm

Florida family says goodbye to "patriotic" Christmas tree after nearly ten years.

The weather was not frightful in Ethel Miles Green Cove Springs, Florida backyard on Monday, but her fire was still quite delightful.

"I was jubilant," she said, throwing in a fistpump and a "Yes!" for good measure.

For many, it's customary to take down a Christmas tree by New Year's.

"I started to take it down," she said, "But I said no, I can't do it now."

Ethel, the head-to-toe, red, white and blue-wearing, self-described patriot put the tree up during Christmas 2001.

"After 9/11 I decided to make it a patriotic Christmas tree," she said.

And it stayed a full decade in her home.

"No, I said I was gonna leave it up until we got that sucker."

The sucker she's talking about is Osama Bin Laden.

"I said I would burn it when they finally caught or killed him."

And on Friday she stuck to her word.

A group of neighbors gathered around and watched as Ethel and her husband Romie burned the tree to the ground.

"I'm glad they caught him," Romie said, "That way we can get rid of this darn thing."

He was not the largest fan of the tree.

"It was sad saying goodbye to it," Ethel said, "But my husband wouldn't think so."

And even though she waited a decade for it, you could tell by her excitement that this year Christmas had come early.

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