Sunday, December 8, 2013

Rain-Soaked Washington Crowd Witnesses Lighting of the National Christmas Tree

Continuing a tradition launched 90 years ago by President Calvin Coolidge, President Obama and his family joined actress Jane Lynch and thousands of spirited citizens Friday evening for the traditional lighting of the National Christmas Tree. This annual ceremony takes place each year place on the Ellipse in our nation's capital, between the White House and the Washington Monument. This is the second year that the current tree has been used for the ceremony. It replaces a 42' Colorado blue spruce that was transplanted to the Ellipse in 1978, but had to be removed two years ago after sustaining serious damage in a severe wind storm. 

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