Capitol Christmas Tree

November 5, 2011 - 6:20 PM
In this photo supplied by the Stanislaus National Forest, Mark Patton cuts a white fir tree Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, from the Stanislaus National Forest near Sonora, Calif. The 65-foot tree is about to meet a glorious end as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. The tradition of "The People's Tree" began in 1964, and the job of providing it rotates among national forests. This year, the Stanislaus National Forest was chosen to provide the tree, marking the fourth time the Capitol tree will come from California. It will be decorated by 5,000 ornaments handmade by Californians. House Speaker John Boehner will light it along with a child from California on Dec. 6. Come January, when the tree has served its purpose, it will be ground into mulch and spread across the Capitol gardens. (AP Photo/Stanislaus National Forest, Jerry Snyder)