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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Washington D.C.!

Perri Ormont Blumberg
November 27, 2017
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The U.S. Capitol grounds received a very special delivery this morning: A 79-foot tall Christmas tree to spruce up the lawn at the home of the United States Congress. The tradition dates back to 1964, and this year's tree hails from the Kootenai National Forest in Libby, Montana. From 1964 through 1967, the Capitol's tree came from Buddies Nurseries in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. Since 1968, the Christmas tree has almost always come from a different National  or State Forest every year, often rotating to different regions of America from the prior year. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, the Christmas tree came from Minnesota, Alaska, and Idaho, respectively.

Watch as this year's Englemann Spruce gets hoisted into place in the below video from the tree's—yes, you read that right—official Facebook page.

Posted by U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Monday, November 27, 2017

In an essay from Larry Spiekermeier for Fox News entitled "I'm the truck driver delivering America's Christmas tree to the US Capitol - and I couldn't be prouder," Spiekermeier touches on the Spruce's significance.

"On November 13th, I departed Montana for a two-week adventure to make the 3,460-mile journey from the Kootenai National Forest to our nation’s capital. Day after day, I’ve been rolling across the country, with stops in Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, where thousands of people have gathered to take part in this annual and festive journey," Spiekermeier writes.

"As I reach Washington and anticipate the lights that will shine from the grand holiday tree onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, I am reminded of the true value that trucking provides to America as well as the unique and special opportunities it provides. This season, the holiday gifts under the tree, the sweaters on your back and the food on the kitchen table wouldn’t be possible without trucking. I am proud to help deliver the holidays," he concludes.

Now that the Whitewood Transport driver has safely delivered the cargo, it's time to get excited for the tree lighting, which will take place next Wednesday, December 6th at 5:00pm ET on the West Lawn.

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Hmmmm, it's starting to feel like that Washington, D.C. road trip is long overdue, ladies and gents. For more information, visit capitolchristmastree.com.