DC Gets Massive Christmas Tree

63-foot fir arrives from California
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2011 11:43 AM CST
Mark Patton of the Tamarack Tree Service guides the harvested Capitol Christmas Tree cut from the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, near Sonora, Calif.   (AP Photo/Stanislaus National Forest, Jerry Snyder)
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(Newser) – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the nation's capital: A 63-foot Sierra white fir tree fresh out of California's Stanislaus National Forest pulled into Washington, DC, today, to serve as the Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree will be put up next to the Capitol building and decorated with some 10,000 LED lights and 2,000 ornaments, reports Politico. John Boehner will preside over a tree-lighting ceremony next Tuesday, and the tree will stand until Jan. 1.

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