The U.S. Capitol has its Christmas tree, a 67-foot Engelmann spruce that arrived Monday in Washington, D.C., via truck from northwest Wyoming.
According to an Associated Press story on the Casper Star-Tribune website, the tree will be raised on the West Front of the Capitol. It'll be decorated on Dec. 7 with ornaments crafted in Wyoming to fit this year's theme: "Wyoming, Forever West."
House speaker Nancy Pelosi will light the tree during a 5 p.m. ceremony.
"The Capitol Christmas Tree is often referred to as 'the People’s Tree' because it reflects the generosity of the state that sent it to Washington," Pelosi said in a statement posted on the Capitol website. "This year, the people of Wyoming are showcasing their great state with a magnificent tree and beautiful ornaments. May the tree light the way for a blessed Christmas and a happy holiday season."
The tree, a grand specimen of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, was chosen in July and felled earlier this month. Its 5,000-mile delivery included 35 stops in various communities.
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Image of Capitol Christmas tree is courtesy of the U.S. Capitol website