Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Pageant of Peace 2009 and National Christmas Tree.

Since 1923, the United States has held a tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC.

In 1978, a live 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was transplanted from York, Pennsylvania to its present site on the Ellipse, the grassy area south of the White House. In 1954, a "Pathway of Peace," 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia were planted surrounding the National Christmas Tree. Each year sponsoring organizations from each state provide tree decorations that are encased in a protective plastic globe to shield it from the weather.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is the beginning of a three week Washington, DC Christmas tradition. Nationally known entertainers and a military band perform and the President brings a message of peace to the nation and the world.

National Christmas Tree Wallpaper

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