If you think setting up your Christmas tree is difficult, imagine trying to center a 67-foot spruce. That's the task at hand on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
"We have a 67-foot-tall Englemann Spruce tree that was harvested about 40 miles north of Jackson Hole, Wyo., from the Bridger-Teton National Forest," said Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Mary Cernicek. "It's 83 years old, weighs 9,000 pounds and it took a little bit more than a mile of rope to wrap around that tree to get it to actually fit inside the eight-foot box that carried it across the country."
How long did it take to get to D.C.?
"Well, that was a long trip by design. We did 22 stops in Wyoming, we did 12 across the nation. We started our tour on Nov. 10," Cernicek said.
The Capitol Christmas tree-lighting is scheduled for Dec. 7 and the tree will be decorated with 5,000 ornaments that were made by school children in Wyoming.
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