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Yule illusion over the top

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A Christmas tree growing through the roof?

Every five minutes or so, a car does a slow roll by a house on Ash Street in River Heights, the car's occupants dazzled by a stunning illusion: a giant spruce lit up with lights that seems to soar through two storeys and burst through the roof.

The illusion has taken off on social media, with posts on Facebook from as far away as Goose Bay, N.L., commenting on the sight.

The Pentney family came up with the idea after Adam Pentney's mother told his wife, Katie, about a similar Christmas sight she saw in Calgary 20 years ago.

"Katie said, 'We have to do that.' "

The family called the Ron Paul Garden Centre on St. Mary's Road, where a six-metre spruce was found and delivered on Dec. 5, along with a man with a saw, who cut the tree into three lengths.

The bottom two metres sweep up in the ground-floor living room window, another two metres show through a second-storey window. The final 11/2 metres are anchored on the roof.

"It wasn't terribly difficult. It was just figuring how to do it without damaging the shingles," Adam Pentney said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 11, 2013 B2

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