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Capitol Christmas tree lit in D.C.

Capitol Christmas tree lit in D.C.

CAPITOL CHRISTMAS: An 88-foot-tall spruce lights up the night. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An 88-foot-tall spruce that was transported from Washington state to Washington D.C. has been illuminated in a ceremony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

House Speaker John Boehner flipped the switch that lit the Capitol Christmas Tree, helped by the six-year-old son of an Iraq war veteran.

Washington Congressman Jim McDermott said Christmas is about a “child that came into the world and changed the world.” He added, “I hope this tree will remind us of Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked and to take care of the sick.”

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The U.S. Marine Band played “O Come all ye Faithful,” ”Joy to the World,” ”O Holy Night” and other Christmas hymns.

On Friday, the National Christmas Tree will be lit on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument.

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