U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Albuquerque: Nov 15
The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is on its way from Washington State to Washington D.C. and that means we get to see it in Albuquerque! This year’s tree is an Engelmann Spruce standing 88 feet tall – that’s a whopping 15 feet taller than last year’s tree! The tree is being transported on a massive great truck, tied down with 4,000 feet of parachute cord. You can bet your life I’ll find myself driving behind that baby.
The tree will be on display in Albuquerque on Friday November 15 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the New Mexico National Guard Armory Building, 600 Wyoming Boulevard NE. According to an Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau press release the free event includes hot chocolate, cookies, live music, and crafts for kids. I believe there will be some kind of viewing platform to see some of the ornaments that were created by Washington State school children. During the event you can also donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection.
(Note: The official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree site says the tree will be in Albuquerque from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, so turn up early if you want and take your chances.)
The tree is on its way to the U.S. Capitol, where it will be decorated and ceremonially lit. Each year, a different National Forest provides the tree and this year it’s the Colville National Forest in Washington State.
The last time New Mexico supplied the Christmas tree was in 2005 from the Santa Fe National Forest, so it probably won’t be our turn again any time soon. This is your chance to see the People’s Tree before it heads to the U.S. Capitol lawn, to be lit by House Speaker John Boehner and admired by people all over the world.
If this inspires you to think about your own Christmas tree, don’t forget about the Home Depot Christmas light trade-in deal I mentioned in a previous post, running until November 17.