Pics: Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Speaker of the House John Boehner lit up the 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree on Tuesday night.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) lit up the 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree with seven-year-old Johnny Crawford of Sonora, Calif., on Dec. 6.
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Every year, one state is chosen to donate a tree representative of that state, from a national forest.The tree displays not only thousands of lights, but also handmade ornaments from the donor state.
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This year's tree was a 65-foot tall Sierra white fir from the Stanislaus National Forest in California.
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Members of Jazz@8 of Summerville High School in Tuolumne, Calif., performed during the lighting ceremony.
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Members of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" also performed.
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Another view of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own."
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The tree is illuminated with eco-friendly LED lights.
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Missed the ceremony? You can view the tree nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1. Find more tree lightings and lights displays here.
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