Colorado’s tree now shines at the U.S. Capitol

Colorado Reps. Perlmutter, Tipton, DeGette, Polis and Gardner getting into the spirit of the season before the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

This year’s “people’s tree” – the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree – is now aglow with 10,000 lights on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The 65-foot Engelmann Spruce was harvested from an area within the White River National Forest that is served by Tri-State member system White River Electric Association.

Speaker of the House John Boehner and 17-year-old Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs marked the start of the holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony Tuesday evening. Every year, one lucky student from the state providing the tree is chosen to officially light it.

White River Electric worked with the local forest district office, donating its bucket and line truck garage space to prepare the tree for its 5,000-mile trip across the country. The co-op received recognition as an in-kind sponsor of this year’s tree program.

The theme for this year’s tree is “Celebrating our Great Outdoors.” It’s decorated with thousands of ornaments created by citizens of Colorado and will be lit each night from dusk until 11 p.m. through Dec. 26.

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