Thursday, November 14, 2013

From Washington to Washington ... U.S. Capitol Christmas tree connects west coast with east

Save the date! The lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be held on December 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C. on the grounds of the Capitol. America is invited.

The tree, a gift from the people of Washington State from the Colville National Forest that was harvested on November 1, is on its long journey to the nation's Capital, making stops along the way at towns and cities as Americans send it on its way. It will arrive in Washington, D.C., by Thanksgiving.

The people of Washington State were invited to create ornaments for the Capitol Christmas tree with 5,000 handmade creations traveling along with the tree on its journey. On December 3, House Speaker John Boehner will host a tree lighting ceremony, and the tree will be lit nightly from dust to 11:00 for the holiday season.

Follow the tree's progress on Twitter @TracktheTree.

The route across America is here. It's track will take it through Nashville, Tennessee, on November 20 (heads up, SWAC Daughter), then Knoxville, and on to it's only Virginia stop that will be in downtown Roanoke for their holiday celebration. Afterward, it will hit Hagerstown, Maryland, then on to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and back to Andrews Air Force Base before arriving in D.C. on November 25 to prepare for its lighting on December 3, 2013.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Update: Just talked with SWAC Daughter who said the Nashville stop will be at Cool Springs Mall in Franklin (just south of Nashville), where she lives, so she if she goes she will get photos to pass along. Country musicians Diamond Rio and others are scheduled to be part of the celebration....

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