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1976 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The 1976 tree was a 41 foot Red Spruce from Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.


The regular practice of displaying a Christmas tree on the Capitol Grounds is relatively recent. Records at the Architect of the Capitol show correspondence from 1919 indicate that a Christmas tree was purchased that year. However, it was not until 1964 that a definite procedure was initiated and a tree-lighting ceremony established.


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Uploaded on December 22, 2016