Capitol Holiday Tree
December 05, 2001
With heightened security everywhere and especially around the Capitol, even Frosty's top hat and broom have been taken from him. Tomorrow marks the official start of the holiday season in our Nation's Capital with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, near the White House, and the Capitol Holiday Tree, in front of the Capitol (shown above). This beautiful 50 foot white spruce is from the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan. Actually, the fact that snow is on the ground, and since the temperature was near 70 degrees in Washington yesterday, is a clue that this photo wasn't taken recently - it's the Holiday Tree from 1981. Not a flake has fallen so far this season in the Washington area. November was warmer than normal, and it was one of the driest autumns ever recorded in Baltimore, Washington and a number of other cities in the Middle Atlantic region.