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 PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences 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 GrishamTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Utah increases coronavirus restrictions amid rising cases New Mexico to renew coronavirus restrictions, warning of more if cases continue to rise 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 John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona Melania Trump focuses on coronavirus in return to campaign trail Watch live: Melania Trump holds MAGA event MORE preside over the lighting of the White House Christmas tree.