SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Some people refer to it as Sioux Falls' Rockefeller Christmas tree, but the actual name for it is the Dorothy Tree. It's on Minnesota Avenue in front of the First United Methodist Church in between 12th and 13th Streets. It even has its own lighting ceremony every year.
It's something so many people ask their friends and family year after year, "What do you want for Christmas?"
Dale Weir asked his wife that exact question in 1992.
"She pointed to the tree on Minnesota Avenue that they were driving by and said, 'I want that lit and decorated for Christmas,'" said Lynne Jones, the connections director at First United Methodist Church.
Dale found out who owned the property, bought it, and had the tree decorated and lit for his wife, Dorothy.
He continued the tradition every holiday season, even after she died in 2003. Before Dale died in 2010, he left an endowment with the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation to make sure the tree would be decorated and lit every year.
"Because the church is so close to where the tree is, I think towards the end, he just decided he would just give us the tree and let us be the stewards of it," Jones said.
Now, First United Methodist Church owns the property and lights it the first Wednesday in Advent every year. Community members sing carols and the church staff has hot cocoa and cookies inside the church after the lighting.
"We're going to do what we can to make sure that this is a tradition that continues for generations to come," Jones said.
If Dale's endowment with the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation ever ran out, the church would find a way to continue the tradition. The electricity bill costs between $60 and $75 each year for the tree.