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D.C. Gets in the Holiday Spirit

November 26, 2012

Each year since 1964, the U.S. Capitol Building lawn has sported a towering Christmas tree for all to enjoy. This year, the Capitol Christmas tree—a 73-foot Engelmann spruce—was shipped in from the White River National Forest in Colorado. 

From Dec. 4 until Dec. 26, the tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each night, illuminating the 5,000-plus ornaments decorating the tree. 

The tree arrived at the Capitol on Nov. 26. Check back for updates as the tree gets spruced up (pun intended) and elsewhere in D.C. as the city prepares for end-of-the-year festivities.

Sasha Obama (third from right) and Malia Obama (second from right) with their mother, first lady Michelle Obama, touch the 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, as they welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

2012: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Gerald and Twila Morris of Meeker, Colo., greet visitors on Capitol Hill on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, as the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree, a 73-foot Engelmann spruce from the White River National Forest, near the Morris' hometown, arrives.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2012: A worker helps to deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree on Monday, Nov. 6.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

2012: Workers prepare to erect the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2012: Workers erect the tree.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2012: Workers erect the tree.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 
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