Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives

While everyone was headed back to work Monday, the Capitol Christmas Tree was reporting for its first day on the job.

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While everyone was headed back to work the Monday after Thanksgiving, the Capitol Christmas Tree was reporting for its first day on the job, to be installed by workers from the office of the Architect of the Capitol.
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The tree, a 65-foot-tall Sierra White Fir, came from the Stanislaus National Forest in California. The tree toured a number of cities and towns in California for eight days before leaving the state, and then traveled for 12 more days on its way to D.C., stopping at several other places along the way, according to CapitolChristmasTree.org.
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Speaker of the House John Boehner will light the Capitol Christmas Tree during an open-to-the-public ceremony on the West Lawn of the Capitol building, on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.
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The U.S. Navy Band's Ceremonial Brass will perform. Following the Dec. 6 event, the tree will be lit up nightly with eco-friendly LED lights.
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Each year's donated tree is considered a gift of the people from that state to the rest of the nation. The tree displays thousands of lights and handmade ornaments from the donor state, and is often accompanied by a song or anthem composed by someone in that state, according to CapitolChristmasTree.org.
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