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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives In Washington, D.C.

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The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce from Colville National Forest in northeast Washington State, is lifted from a flat bed truck as it arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday November 25, 2013. The tree will be decorated with over 5,000 homemade ornaments and lit in early December. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol Christmas Tree has arrived in Washington

Once the tree is in place on the U.S. Capitol's west lawn Monday, organizers say it will be decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments from children across the country. A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

The tree made stops in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland on its way to the nation's capital from Washington state.

The U.S. Forest Service is in charge of cutting and maintaining the tree. Donations cover the cost of transporting the tree across the country. This year's lead sponsors included the Truckload Carriers Association, Mack Trucks, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

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