With the arrival of Thanksgiving Day next week, you may be getting ready for out of town guests…the US Capitol is also expecting an out of town guest of its own — nicknamed “Sugar Bear” — an 84’ tall White Fir that will be arriving from Six Rivers National Forest, near Eureka, California. On December 1st at 5 pm, it will be lit in a ceremony led by Nancy Pelosi.
Sugar Bear has had a 3500-mile journey by truck that began November 4th and will end Thursday, November 18th, when it arrives at Joint Base Andrews. On Friday, November 19th, it will arrive at its final destination — the West Lawn of the US Capitol.
The Christmas tree at the US Capitol is formally known as The People’s Tree to differentiate it from the tree at the White House known as the National Christmas Tree. The US Department of Agriculture chooses the US Capitol’s People’s Tree every year from one of America’s 150 National Forests. It will be decorated with ornaments made by school kids from all over California.
Michael Mavris, a fifth-grader from Del Norte county near Six Rivers National Forest, will be the youth tree lighter, assisting Speaker Pelosi with the ceremony. Michael, who won a local essay contest about the tree, will read his essay at the ceremony including these words: “As the lights are strung and the ornaments placed, we, the People who live in the tree’s symbolic shadow, hope that its beauty and grandeur provide a beacon to America and a reminder on this Christmas, that all things are possible.”
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