November 29, 2010 / 6:10 PM / 7 years ago

Capitol Christmas tree arrives from Wyoming

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.

<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>

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

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