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Capitol Christmas Tree to Begin Journey From New Mexico

The tree will tour New Mexico before leaving on a trip scheduled to conclude Nov. 24 at Joint Base Andrews

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Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP

The 2019 Capitol Christmas tree is about to start its trip from New Mexico to D.C.

A 60-foot blue spruce was cut down Wednesday during a ceremony in a forested canyon in Red River, New Mexico, starting a 2½-week journey that will take it to the Capitol to be this year's Christmas tree.

A sawyer used a chain saw to sever the trunk, which one of two cranes then jerked several feet up in the air. Then both cranes swung the tree over to a flatbed trailer at the Carson National Forest site. 

The tree will tour New Mexico before leaving on a trip scheduled to conclude Nov. 24 at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

According to the project website, stops are scheduled in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

Each year a national forest is selected to share a tree with the nation.

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