ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--THIS YEAR’S CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE IS 34 YEARS OLD, DONATED BY A FAMILY FROM WATERFORD—NICK and KRYSTINA, AND THEIR THREE LITTLE ONES CAMERON, LAYLA, AND SCARLETT.  

IT ALL STARTED MANY YEARS AGO WHEN NICK STACK’S MOM RECeiVED THE TREE AS A GIFT IN A RED SOLO CUP.  

THE TREE MOVED FROM THEIR FIRST FAMILY HOME IN 1994 TO THEIR CURRENT ONE. BUT AS THE TREE GReW CLOSER TO THE ROAD, nick Stack said IT’S TIME TO DONATE IT.  

“We’re excited to donate the tree and see everybody enjoy it as much as we do,” said Nick Stack. 

He SAid THE TREE WILL MAKE LASTING MEMORIES FOR PEOPLE IN ALBANY, AS IT HAS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY.  

THE STACK TRIPLETS, ALSO KNOWN AS THE STACK PACK ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THEIR FAMILIES TREE LIT UP ON THE EMPIRE STATE PLAZA.  

“This is the best tree ever,” said 3-year-old Cameron Stack. 

His sister agrees. 

“I love the tree every single day,” said Layla Stack. 

THE CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE IS A NORWAY SPRUCE. IT STANDS AT 38 FEET TALL. IT’S STRUNG WITH OVER TWO THOUSAND LED LIGHTS THAT RUN ON TIMERS THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  

THE TREE ARRIVED A FEW WEEKS AGO. THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES GROUNDSKEEPING CREW USED A CRANE, A TRACTOR TRAILER AND OTHER HEAVY DUTY TOOLS TO SECURE IT IN PLACE ON THE PLAZA.  

“It’s an absolutely beautiful tree I mean certainly we’re grateful to the families who have donated the trees both this one here and the one in West Capitol Park. I know one of them came from Ballston Spa and the other from Waterford so they’re local trees right here from the capitol region,” said Kristen Hanifin, associate commissioner for special events, Office of General Services.