Capitol Christmas tree arrives from Wyoming

Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:05pm EST
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) - A 67-foot (20 meter) Engelmann spruce from Wyoming was due to arrive on Monday at the U.S. Capitol, where it will serve as the 2010 Capitol Christmas tree.

The spruce, harvested in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest, will stand on the Capitol's west front lawn and be decorated with some 5,000 ornaments crafted by people in Wyoming around the theme "Wyoming: Forever West."

The tree is the first from Wyoming to be featured in the decades-old Capitol Christmas tree tradition, according to website here.

The spruce was taken on a tour through about 30 towns in Wyoming in November before a cross-country trip consisting of visits and displays in other states, among them Iowa, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The official lighting of the tree -- by a child from Wyoming and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- is slated for December 7.

(Reporting by Jerry Norton; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

 
<p>The 67-foot Capitol Christmas tree is unloaded at the Capitol after being driven from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming, November 29, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing</p>