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 PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law 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 GrishamNew Mexico fines two megachurches K each over packed Christmas Eve services CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Hispanic Caucus ramps up Cabinet pressure campaign 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 TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE preside over the lighting of the White House Christmas tree.