Last Saturday, a tree in Northern California was cut down and put on a 20-day national tour that will end in Washington D.C. This 65-foot white fir, which was located under armed guard in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest, was selected to be the 47th U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree that will be put on display in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. It will be donned with thousands of handmade ornaments crafted by Californians and school children along with 10,000 LED lights.
Despite the state's large supply of forests--we have 18 national forests, more than any other state--this will only be the fourth time California will be the provider. As such, the tree is touring around the golden state as we speak and will enter Southern California tomorrow:
- Saturday, November 12th: Saugus Swap Meet in the Santa Clarita Valley from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sunday, November 13th: Griffith Park (Autry National Center) in Los Angeles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, November 14th: Victory Gardens Mall in Rancho Cucamonga from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tangier Outlet Mall in Barstow from 4:30 p .m. to 6 p.m.
Now, the tree as you see it pictured to the right is not how it will be displayed. Officials cannot on remove the massive fir from its box at every stop, so instead, for the first time on a tour, the top eight feet of the tree will be viewable (and smellable!) through Plexiglas® with holes. At each stop, people can bring canned goods that will be delivered to Gallup, New Mexico, the third poorest community in the nation.
The tree tour is administered by the U.S. Forest Service, but paid for by the business community.