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The lights of the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colorado; and decorated with hand-made ornaments, was switched on by Colorado Springs high school student Ryan Shuster and House Speaker John Boehner, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Since November, the tree visited dozens of cities across the country as it made its way here on Nov.26, 2012. The 73-foot Englemann spruce traveled from the White River National Forest in Colorado. Other representatives as well as Natural Resources and Environment Under Secretary Harris Sherman spoke during the festivities. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

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Taken on December 4, 2012