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A tree that large requires plenty of planning to secure it to the ground, and the official Twitter feed of the architect captured minute-by-minute as the tree arrived on a trailer and lifted into place.


The tree currently stands bare but will be decorated — using approximately 5,000 ornaments handmade by Coloradoans — by the Capitol ground crew.

The lighting ceremony takes place Dec. 4 and will feature House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio.). The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through Dec. 26, according to the architect of the Capitol.