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UNITED STATES - DEC 1913: The 1913 40-foot Norway spruce Christmas tree gets set up and located on the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol The tree was later adorned with red, white, and blue electric bulbs. The celebration boasted a lighted placard with the inscription, ?Peace on earth, good will to men,? nativity scenes, and a large chorus which sang Christmas hymns. During the Christmas Eve celebration, the Marine Band played the national anthem, and in keeping with the spirit of community cooperation, Boy Scout troops assisted the Capitol Police with crowd control. The popular holiday tradition resumed in 1914, but abruptly ended the following year due to a lack of funds. ?Shock Awaits Santa Claus: No Community Christmas Tree Will Be at the Capitol for Him,? a Washington Post headline declared. ..The 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested in the White River National Forest in Colorado. On November 2 the 2012 version will arrive in front of the Capitol on November 26th..(Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

UNITED STATES - DEC 1913: The 1913 40-foot Norway spruce Christmas tree gets set up and located on the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol The tree was later adorned with red, white, and blue electric bulbs. The celebration boasted a lighted placard with the inscription, ?Peace on earth, good will to men,? nativity scenes, and a large chorus which sang Christmas hymns. During the Christmas Eve celebration, the Marine Band played the national anthem, and in keeping with the spirit of...
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