Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Nation's Christmas Trees

Happy Holidays from the National Park Service.
The Natural Tree
Over 200 people participated in the annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree ceremony at the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8th.
President Calvin Coolidge designated the General Grant as the Nation's Christmas Tree in 1926.
The event, which was sponsored by the Sanger District Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the National Park Service, included performances by the Jubilation Singers and Sanger High School Choir and a non-denominational holiday message.
The White House Tree

The White House Tree is part of a legacy that extends back to 1923, when then-President Calvin Coolidge participated in the first annual National Christmas Tree lighting. 
Through the years, the National Christmas Tree has been situated in different locations in President’s Park and on the White House grounds. But since 1973, the tree has been located in the same site in the northeast quadrant of the Ellipse, carrying on a 90 year tradition of bringing citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace.

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