U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coming From California

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coming From California

This Christmas, the U.S. Capitol will have a touch of Northern California.

The 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree was chosen from the Stanislaus National Forest in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains.

This is the fourth year California has contributed to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

A tree cutting ceremony is scheduled for November 5 in Sonora, where the 65-foot Sierra white fir tree, will take part in a parade where everyone will have a chance to see the Christmas tree before the tree is packaged up for its cross-California and cross-country tour.

A second grader from Sonora, was also chosen to take part in the December 6 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington along with Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Governor Jerry Brown who will also likely be in attendance. 

The 7-year-old second grader, Johnny Crawford, was selected in a random statewide drawing by Stanislaus National Forest Officials to turn on the 10-thousand LED lights.

The last time California was given such an honor was in 1995.