Watch the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Arrive at Its New Home for the Season
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.
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.
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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