Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in Washington (photos)

The Capitol Christmas Tree is put in place on the West Lawn of the Capitol.
Jeff Malet
The Capitol Christmas Tree is put in place on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas, an 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce from Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington State, arrived in Washington, D.C., Nov. 25. The tree spent several weeks on the road visiting 22 communities across the country before arriving at the U.S. Capitol in time for Thanksgiving. It will be decorated by more than 5,000 handmade ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year’s theme, “Sharing Washington’s Good Nature.” It will be lit in a ceremony by House Speaker John Boehner, 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, on the Capitol’s West Front lawn. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, will serve as master of ceremonies. After the lighting ceremony, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. throughout the holiday season. The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964.

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Nov 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM Carol Fleming

What an exciting adventure! Living in Washington State I signed the tree in Vancouver Washington. Circumstances prevented my husband from adding his signature in Washington State. Following the tree's trek across America we realized he would be able to see the tree in Knoxville Tennessee. Arrangements were made and upon arrival of the tree he was able to locate my signature and place his next to mine. Although we are unable to be together this holiday season, the Capitol Tree has brought us closer. Many thanks to all who safely delivered the tree...and our signatures...to our Nation's Capitol! Merry Christmas!

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