Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in D.C.

Monday, Nov 25, 2013  |  Updated 3:50 PM EDT
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Workers set up a huge Engelmann spruce on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Monday morning.

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Workers set up a huge Engelmann spruce on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Monday morning.

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The Capitol Christmas Tree arrived at the U.S. Capitol after making its way from a forest in northeast Washington state.

Workers used a crane to place the 88-foot Engelmann spruce on the west front lawn of the Capitol Monday morning. It is the second tallest tree ever used at the Capitol.

It will be decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments from children across the country reflecting the theme "Sharing Washington's Good Nature."

A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. The tree will be lit nightly from dusk until 11 p.m.

The tree made stops in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland on its way to the nation's capital.

The U.S. Forest Service is in charge of cutting and maintaining the tree. Donations cover the cost of transporting the tree across the country. This year's lead sponsors included the Truckload Carriers Association, Mack Trucks, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.
 

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