Thursday, December 05, 2013

2013 Capitol Christmas Tree Lit In Ceremony

On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner hosted the ceremony to light the 88-foot tall 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree. As reported on the U.S. Department of Agriculture blog, this year's tree was harvested from Colville National Forest in Washington state and is decorated with fish-shaped ornaments, birds and stars made by people in Washington state designed to reflect the 2013 theme, "Sharing Washington’s Good Nature." AP reports on the ceremony:
House Speaker John Boehner flipped the switch that lit the Capitol Christmas Tree, helped by the six-year-old son of an Iraq war veteran.
Washington Congressman Jim McDermott said Christmas is about a "child that came into the world and changed the world." He added, "I hope this tree will remind us of Jesus' call to feed the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked and to take care of the sick."
The U.S. Marine Band played "O Come all ye Faithful," ''Joy to the World," ''O Holy Night" and other Christmas hymns.