The Capitol Christmas Tree is up and running. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Golden yellow hoodies dotted the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday, and a dark tree stood behind the children and adults wearing them. In the distance one could make out the white blur of the Washington monument through the cold mist that hung in the air.
After speeches from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., and Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among others, a switch was flipped and the 88-foot tall Minnesota white spruce glittered for the first time as the Capitol Christmas Tree. "Do you know how many years it takes to grow an 88-foot tree?" Franken asked the crowd of several hundred, using the opportunity to return briefly to his comedic roots. "Neither do I." The tree had traveled more than 2,000 miles from its home in Minnesota.
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The Minnesota White Spruce to be decorated for holiday festivities on the West Front of the Capitol was cut down Wednesday and is en route to Washington, where it will be lit by Speaker John A. Boehner on Dec. 2.
According to a statement from the Architect of the Capitol, the tree will be decorated by by thousands of handcrafted ornaments from Minnesotan children in the North Star State. “It’s a major point of pride for Minnesota that this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree comes from the Chippewa National Forest,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said in the AOC release. “This massive spruce is a shining example of the extraordinary natural beauty our state has to offer, and I’m excited to see it light up our nation’s capital this holiday season for the entire country to see.”