SONORA, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is being
readied for its 4,500-mile journey from Northern California to
The 65-foot snow covered white fir tree was cut down and removed
from a picturesque setting in the Sierra Nevada mountains on
Saturday, then loaded on a truck.
Officials say the Stanislaus National Forest tree was selected
based on its shape and fullness and color.
Work crews will box it up on Sunday, with a portion encased in
Plexiglas so that people can view it during its upcoming nationwide
The tree is scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28,
with a lighting ceremony at the front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 6.
It will be decorated by 5,000 ornaments handmade by California
residents, and House Speaker John Boehner and a child from
California will light it.