Capitol Chritmas Tree LightingPosted by Elizabeth K. on December 10, 2012
Speaker of the House John Boehner lit the 48th annual Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday night. The 73-foot tall Englemann spruce made the three week, 5,300 mile journey from White River National Forest in Colorado. Ryan Shuster, an Eagle Scout from Colorado Springs helped Speaker Boehner flip the switch.
Decorated with nearly 10,000 low-energy LED lights and 5,000 ornaments handmade by Coloradans, this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree theme is “Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.”
Each year, the Christmas tree, dubbed “The People’s Tree” by Tip O’Neill in 1985, is “an emblem of peace for the nation and the world.” The U.S. Air Force Band entertained the audience with “O Christmas Tree” and other Christmas classics.
As Speaker Boehner said, “Christmas is not some distant historical event. It is a spirit always bringing us closer to each other and closer to the peace of which the angels sang.”
From all of us at Congressman Kingston’s office, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season filled with family and friends.
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