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December 1, 2015

Two little girls are admiring the Capitol Christmas Tree on its way to the White House

Two little girls are admiring the Capitol Christmas Tree on its way to the White House

Each year, a tree from a National Park in the U.S. decorates the White House lawn. This special tree is the Capitol Christmas Tree. In 2015, for the first time, the tree is coming from Alaska.
The 74-foot Lutz spruce is 90 years old, and it comes from the Chugach National Forest near Seward. Foresters cut it down on October 27, 2015 and took it to Anchorage. There the tree was put on a boat for Tacoma.
In Tacoma, the tree was put into a special Kenworth truck for the 3,000-mile trip from Washington State to Washington D.C. The truck has a beautiful paint job. On the side of the truck are a map of Alaska and a map of the U.S. Words on the truck say, “From the Northern Lights to the Capitol Lights.”
Inside the truck, a large water bag covers the trunk of the Alaskan spruce. It will need about 40 gallons of water a day for the three-week trip.
The truck will make stops along the way. Children will climb stairs to look at the tree through a window. They will see some of the 4,000 Christmas ornaments made by the children of Alaska.
Click this link to see the Capitol Christmas Tree truck.
Click this link to follow the tree across the U.S.


Published December 2015

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