The Kosturko family has a tradition of keeping its Christmas tree around for awhile after the holiday. Once the holiday season ends, Tom Kosturko likes to place the tree \u2014 freshly cut in mid-December from Jones Family Farms \u2014 outside in their yard on Rolling Ridge Road. \u201cWe get so attached to the tree, I hate to just throw it out on the street as garbage because of what it symbolizes,\u201d he said, describing himself as a big fan of the holiday season. By March, as snow in the yard begins to melt, the tree is usually dry and brown and Kosturko discards it. Unexpected outcome This spring, however, the family tradition has led to an unexpected outcome. The tree didn\u2019t turn dry and brown, but remained as green and fresh-looking as ever. Easter came and went, and the tree \u2014 kept in a stand in a landscaped area near the front of the house \u2014 still looked good. \u201cIt still looked as nice as the day we brought it home,\u201d Tom said. 'So alive and so beautiful' Early May arrived, and Tom\u2019s wife Susan began asking him to remove the tree so the yard would look more presentable when they hosted a family gathering for Mother\u2019s Day. But Kosturko said the tree still looked \u201cso alive and so beautiful, I did not have the heart to get rid of it.\u201d And then he noticed something. A red-breasted robin had made a nest in the tree. Soon, the nest was home to light blue-colored robin\u2019s eggs. \u2018Divine intervention\u2019 \u201cNow the Christmas tree has to stay, perhaps a divine intervention from Mother Nature or somebody else perhaps,\u201d Kosturko said. \u201cI told my wife that the tree stays where it is as long as needed for the mother robin and her babies, since now it is their home and soon-to-be nursery,\u201d he said. Susan Kosturko, who admits keeping the tree outside in the yard after Christmas is a unique tradition, is no longer nagging her husband to remove it. \u201cMy husband is so happy that I won\u2019t touch it,\u201d she said. Watching over the situation The tree is just outside a large window in the living room, so the family can easily monitor what is happening with the mother robin and the robin\u2019s eggs. The mother robin doesn\u2019t come around that much anymore, but the eggs appear to be doing just fine. They try to keep the shade on the window shut most of the time, partly because they have a cat and don\u2019t want to scare the mother robin. \u201cWe don\u2019t know when the eggs will hatch,\u201d Susan Kosturko said. Anyone driving by the house wouldn\u2019t even know the tree isn\u2019t a live evergreen planted in the ground. \u201cIt looks like it\u2019s always been there,\u201d Susan said. New lyrics for classic song, perhaps Tom Kosturko said it may be time to revamp the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, based on what has happened in their yard this year. \u201cNo more a partridge in a pear tree, but a robin in a Christmas tree instead,\u201d he said. Susan Kosturko described her husband as being \u201can outdoors guy\u201d who likes to hike and bicycle. He spends a lot of time walking with his children on Shelton\u2019s trails and rec path. In general, he\u2019s a bigger bird person than she is, Susan said. The Kosturkos have two children \u2014 Adam, 15, a Shelton High sophomore, and June, 13, a Shelton Intermediate eighth-grader. Tom is a dental equipment salesman and Susan is real estate appraisal office manager.