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Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in Washington, DC after a 13-day trip from North Carolina

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Christmas kicked off in Washington, DC on Friday morning as the 2022 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived at the United States Capitol.

‘Ruby,’ the name of this year’s tree, is a 78-foot-tall North Carolina spruce, and was harvested from the Pigsah National Forest.

The tree and his traveling team left North Carolina for the Capitol during the first week of November. The live tracking of the tree journey began on November 5 and ended with the last stop on November 18.

Ruby the Red Spruce made 16 stops along the way, and at each stop fans were able to sign a banner, participate in arts and crafts, and learn more about America’s national forests.

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The tree was delivered to its normal spot on the Capitol’s West Lawn at 6 a.m. Friday. Crews spent most of the morning getting the tree off the truck and into its upright position on Capitol Hill.

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The official lighting ceremony will take place on November 30.

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According to the tree’s Twitter page, Catcuce Micco Tiger (Car), a fourth-grader with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC, will light Ruby.

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