It was a snowy, day back on Dec. 3, 1970.
Eugene Okulovich and his wife Kay were expecting the birth of their son.
They also knew Christmas was just right around the corner.
While Kay was in the hospital, preparing to give birth, Eugene and their daughter, Vikki, traveled to Hook's Drugs to purchase a tree.
"Me and the daughter went to Hook's and bought the tree and put it up before I went and got (Kay and their son, Wesley) and brought them home," Eugene said.
The tree has been part of the family since.
For 40 years, the Okulovich family has put up the same Christmas tree each season.
"It's like an heirloom," Eugene said. "It's been a part of the family."
Throughout the years, Eugene and his daughter have put the tree up. However, due to prior conflicts, this was the first year she was not able take part.
"She kind of broke the tradition," he said.
Still, Vikki and Eugene placed the tree neatly in the front room of the family home with lights ornaments and all the fixings.
Some of those decorations are the same ones used since 1970.
"We laugh about it," Eugene said. "There are ornaments (on the tree) that the kids made when they were going to school. There's also stuff that the grandkids have put on the tree.
"Right down the line, things, over time, have accumulated."
The tree was the Okulovich's first.
"It's the first and only tree we've put up," Eugene said. "It was pretty expensive at the time but we seem attached to it. We like the tree.
"It's kind of a neat old tree. It's got more history to it than anything else. It's always been a part of our holiday."
Throughout the years, the family has grown. In addition to Wesley and Vikki, Eugene and Kay are grandparents to eight children and also have five great-grandchildren.
And a Christmas tree.
"It is like part of the family," he said. "I don't know what the oldest Christmas tree in town is, but I bet you it's in the top 10.
"Most people don't have a tree for a year or two. We've had this one for 40 years. It's the only one we've ever put up. There's nothing special about it that makes it any different than any other tree, other than it's the first one."
Sadly, Eugene said this might be the last year for the family tree.
He said some of the limbs are not in the greatest of shape after years and years of wear and tear.
"We might have to get another one," he said. "We've just about worn this one out. It's gone through our kids, grandkids and now we've got great-grandkids. They've all seen the same old tree.
"It's kind of neat that it's went through the whole family."
The Okulovich family will have at least one more chance to see the tree as Eugene said they have Christmas together Christmas Eve.
After that, the tree will stay up. At least through the New Year.
"It's supposed to be bad luck to take it down before New Year's," Eugene said. "It will be up until Jan. 2."