Preparations for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree

Jade Wilson was sewing ribbons on her skirt during the Deer River High School cultural sewing class as in the back Christina Solberg works on her rose print jingle dress. Submitted photo
Jade Wilson was sewing ribbons on her skirt during the Deer River High School cultural sewing class as in the back Christina Solberg works on her rose print jingle dress. Submitted photo

by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer

The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree that was selected out of the Chippewa National Forest and sent on its way after a cutting ceremony on Oct. 29 arrived in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 21.

Its arrival on that date came after the stops in more than 30 communities on its 2,867-mile trip from Minnesota.

According to the Chippewa National Forest Service website press release, “The tree and tour staff wrapped up the final event stop on Nov. 20 at Andrews Air Force Joint Base. The first class team of U.S. Forest Service staff from the Chippewa National Forest, amazing truck drivers and their wonderful volunteer wives, and Choose Outdoors staff will be up at 3 a.m. to deliver the tree to the U.S. Capitol.

“The tree’s long journey couldn’t have been made to D.C. without the support of partners, hosts, and law enforcement throughout the eight states that were visited during the trip, not to mention the more than 30,000 people who attended events and sent well wishes along the way. The 88-foot white spruce from Minnesota arrived at the Capitol with an incredible amount of love.”

And, all of the preparations to do with the celebration of the lighting ceremony planned for the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. are not completely over with yet in Deer River.

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