WASHINGTON, November 29, 2013 — The Capitol Christmas tree and the White House Christmas tree have now both arrived in Washington, marking the beginning of the Christmas season for residents of the Metro area.
The Capitol Christmas tree arrived in Washington (The District) from Washington (The State) on Monday morning. That afternoon organizers set to work decorating the tree with more than 5,000 ornaments made by children from across the country.
The Capitol tree is an 88-foot-tall spruce from the ColvilleNational Forest near Newport, Washington. On its way to the Nation’s Capital it stopped in 22 cities in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
The Capitol tree’s cutting and up-keep is provided by the U.S. Forest Service. The costs are covered every year by donations, with this year’s lead donors being the Truckload Carrier’s Association, Mack Trucks, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.
The White House tree is an 18 and a half foot tall Douglas Fir. It was received at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama, the President’s daughters Malia and Sasha, and the First Family’s two dogs: Bo and Sunny.
The White House tree was presented by Christopher Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, PA.
The First Family will, like they have in past years, decorate the tree with decorations to honor military families- some of whom will be invited to the White House to get a first look at the fully decorated tree on Wednesday.