After their 11-foot Frasier fir Christmas tree came tumbling down - after the decorations and light were set, two Pine Island residents decided to do away with the tree and decorate a 12-foot ladder.
Nancy DeVane said this year she could not decorate the Christmas tree due to her broken foot, so her husband hung the lights and ornaments, which she said looked awesome.
"All of a sudden the tree crashed on the floor, the ornaments shattered, the lights flew off of it and he struggled in putting it back up," she said.
After the DeVanes’ 11-foot Frasier fir Christmas tree toppled over, they decided to decorate a 12-foot ladder as their Christmas tree this year.
DeVane said she did not want her husband to have to redecorate the Christmas tree, so they took it outside. After about two days of looking at all her garland and lights hanging around the house with no Christmas tree, she realized it looked a little bare.
"I thought I had to do something," she said.
That something turned into a 12-foot stepladder transforming into a Christmas tree. The ladder, which DeVane said looks like a tree, now has 600 lights on it, as well as an angel in the middle of the tree, along with presents placed on the rungs of the ladder and under the ladder.
"It turned out really cute," she said, adding that it will become their new tradition.
The tree was done in time for their annual neighborhood Christmas party.
"The tree was a huge hit," DeVane said. "They liked it."