November 12, 2009
Getting an advance peek inside, one can see the top of the 85 foot Ponderosa Pine selected to be displayed in Washington, D.C. as the nation's Christmas Tree this year. The tree was originally 85' tall and was 70 years old at the time of its removal from the forest. Due to height considerations, the tree needed to be trimmed down to 65'.
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It came on doublewide sleigh with a Forest Service Santa Claus look alike leading its course. Little performers in red and white danced around it to Jingle Bells and onlookers signed its carriage with messages of love and praise.