California Christmas Tree

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Arnold Schwarzenegger is bringing back the Christmas tree.

The California governor Thursday helped a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy put the final ornament on the state's official Christmas tree. At the same time, he ended the politically correct practice of calling it a "holiday tree."

Four years ago during California's power crisis, Gov. Gray Davis lit the tree and then promptly turned it off to save energy. And he also designated it the holiday tree. Schwarzenegger followed that practice last year. But in keeping with the dying wish of a state senator, he changed the name this year, and says as long as he's in office, it will be called the Christmas tree.

In Thursday’s ceremony, the governor and first lady Maria Shriver flipped a switch to light 5,000 bulbs on the 56-foot-tall white fir.

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