Capitol Christmas tree arrives in Washington

The Capitol Christmas tree arrived Monday in Washington D.C. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

It's a beauty.

It took three weeks and 3,000 miles to bring the 84-year-old, 80-foot Engelmann Spruce to Capitol Hill.

"I can't believe we're finally here," Keith Lanham, a supervisor for the Payette National Forest at McCall, Idaho, said. "On behalf of all USDA Forest Service employees, the Payette National Forest is very pleased to present this tree and 6,000 ornaments to the United States Congress and to all the great people of our country."

Crews are mounting the tree and decorate ahead of a Dec. 6 illumination on the West Front, near where construction crews continue to build the presidential Inaugural Platform.

"This gem of a tree, represents the bountiful, beautiful, natural resources found in the diverse Idaho landscape," Lanham continued.


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