Early signs of the season in Washington

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is scheduled to arrive in Washington Monday morning.

The 65-foot- Engelmann spruce was scheduled to make stops in more than two dozen communities during its trip from the White River National Forest in Colorado, according to the Architect of the Capitol’s office.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will light the tree during a ceremony on the Capitol’s West Front lawn at 5 p.m. on December 4.

“The arrival and lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree, sure to include visitors from the world over, will help kick off our celebration of the season of peace and joy,” Boehner said in a statement.

The tree, which will be decorated with some 5,000 ornaments handcrafted by Coloradans, will be lit until 11 p.m. every evening through December 26.

The ornaments will reflect year’s theme, “Celebrating our Great Outdoors.”

On Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama will host military families for the first viewing of this year's White House holiday decorations.

The Blue Room Christmas tree, delivered on Saturday, features ornaments decorated by children living on U.S. military bases around the world.

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is scheduled for December 6 on the Ellipse near the White House.

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