3.12.09

Capitol Hill's Christmas Tree has arrived!

The Capitol Christmas tree arrived Monday from Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. The tree will stand on the Capitol's West Lawn and will be decorated with 5000 ornaments from residents across Arizona, the theme being "Arizona's Gift from the Grand Canyon State."

The 85 foot tall blue spruce will be lighted by Speaker Pelosi during a December 8th twilight ceremony. The event will be led by Stephen T. Ayers, acting architect of the Capitol. The tree and the lighting has been a tradition since 1964, and will be lighted from nightfall until 11pm until New Year's Day.

"Each year, the arrival of the Capitol Christmas tree kicks off a joyous holiday time," said Speaker Pelosi. "May 'the people's tree' light the way for blessed and happy holidays."
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