Capitol Christmas tree arrives today

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The Capitol Christmas Tree is arriving from California today, concluding a 20-day national tour across America.

The 63-foot Sierra white fir from Stanislaus National Forest will be erected on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building and decorated with lights and more than 2,000 ornaments handmade by people in California, according to a news release.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 with Speaker of the House John Boehner and Johnny Crawford, 7, of Sonora, Calif., who won a statewide drawing in California to throw the switch that illuminates the tree.

The U.S. Forest Service worked closely with the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians to organize this year’s Christmas Tree Tour which included several areas of high-profile involvement by America’s Native American community.

The 4,200 mile trek was also carbon neutral thanks to carbon credits from the{ }Van Eck Forest Foundation used to offset the greenhouse gas emissions created by transporting the tree.

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