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Christmas tree boat tradition lights up Glen Lake

For the fourth year Glen Arbor resident, Frank Siepker Jr. has continued his family's holiday tradition of the Christmas tree boat that has become a staple in the community.

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- If you are passing over the M-22 bridge between Little Glen Lake and Big Glen Lake you may see some twinkling lights in the distance, but they aren't on the shoreline. These lights are on a Christmas tree seemingly floating in Glen Lake.

For the fourth year Glen Arbor resident, Frank Siepker Jr. has continued his family's holiday tradition of the Christmas tree boat that has become a staple in the community.

"This all started trying to keep up with my wife's love of decorating for Christmas. She goes all out decorating the inside of our home and I wanted to do something special for her outside. This seemed like a great way to add some lights and action to our front yard especially since our location on Glen Lake makes this attraction visible to all of those passing over the M-22 bridge," Siepker wrote.
"It has been quite an evolution moving from a last minute artificial tree with a single strand of lights running on a single battery, to 1,180 LED lights running on 3 batteries and a 90 watt solar system and a real 12' tall tree we harvest each year," wrote Siepker


Siepker made the move from artificial to a real Christmas tree because of northern Michigan's weather.

"We endure a lot of extreme weather keeping the Christmas tree boat afloat, from the November gales to rain, snow, and ice. No one can make a more severe weather resistant tree than good old Mother Nature herself," wrote Siepker.

Siepker said he expected the tree to be enjoyed by the Glen Lake community but never imagined how far reaching the interest would be.

The tree should be displayed until New Year's Day since Glen Lake doesn't freeze until mid-January.







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