New Mexico lawmakers attend lighting of U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was an enchanting evening as a piece of the Land of Enchantment took center stage in Washington D.C. with the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Wednesday night, fourth-grader Asher Dean from Arroyo Secon, alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, lit the People’s Tree on Capitol Hill.

Each year, the Capitol Architect asks one of the National Forests to provide the tree. This year, the 60-foot blue spruce was cut near Red River in New Mexico’s Carson National Forest. It then made a winding 1,800-mile journey to Washington D.C., making stops for all to see along the way.

Not only is the People’s Tree from New Mexico, but it’s covered with more than 10,000 ornaments and a tree skirt handcrafted by New Mexicans, featuring designs that reflect the state’s culture, history, landscape, and wildlife.

The tradition of lighting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree dates back to 1964. It will stay up outside the Capitol until New Year’s Day.

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