Capitol Christmas tree lights up Washington
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Crowds gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday evening to watch as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Calif.) presided over the 55th annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree.

This year’s tree — a 60-foot blue spruce — comes from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. All five members of the state’s congressional delegation joined Pelosi at the ceremony, as did New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamDC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs Hispanic Caucus energized by first Biden meeting MORE (D).

“For the New Mexicans in the crowd and watching from home tonight, this is a special, special night for us, as we share a little bit of the Land of Enchantment with the United States of America,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) said.

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The Capitol tree won’t be the only piece of New Mexico decorating Washington this holiday season. Carson National Forest announced that 70 smaller trees will soon decorate other federal government buildings and public areas in the nation’s capital.

New Mexico also contributed more than 10,000 handmade ornaments for the Capitol tree.

“The thousands of ornaments that adorn the branches ... represent the beautiful diversity of New Mexico, and therefore of our nation,” Pelosi said.

“This season we give thanks for our many blessings and delight in the excitement of our children’s faces as we light the Capitol tree,” Pelosi added before she was joined by a fourth-grader from New Mexico to light the tree.

The Capitol Christmas tree will be lit up from sunset until 11 p.m each day through Jan. 1. A second Washington tree-lighting tradition will take place Thursday evening, when President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE preside over the lighting of the White House Christmas tree.