1996 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
The 1996 tree was a 75 foot Engelmann Spruce from Manti-LaSal National Forest, Utah.
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.
For more information on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree visit: www.aoc.gov/christmas.
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