On the wet morning of Monday, November 26th, the US Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Washington, DC, completing its journey from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Each year, the Architect of the Capitol, a federal agency, selects the tree in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service. The 80-foot Noble fir (Abies Procera) was chosen by Jim Kaufman, the Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum. The elected sapling traveled across the country after being harvested on November 2nd– with community events at whistle stops in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Maryland along the way.
The tree will be lit up on December 5th by Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, at the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. It will continue to glow until 11 PM every night for the remainder of the year.
Until Next Time,
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