Saturday, November 24, 2007

National Christmas Tree

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure doth thou bring me!

PA has a lot of history. One of the more prominient people that made their home in PA was Gifford Pinchot, founder and first Chief of the US Forest Service, whose ancestral home is Grey Towers National Historic Site located in Milford, PA. Because of this tie, the National Christmas tree and 80 companion tree escorted by the Forest Service made a stop in that town yesterday on it's way to Washington DC. The tree came from Green Mountain National Forest in Bennington, VT and will get to the National Mall in front of the Capitol on Monday. More info such as the history of bring the tree's to DC, cards, the route, pictures, etc can be found here....
This years tree is a 60 foot Balsam Fir. The convoy also included over 3000 ornaments made by people in VT, and antique vehicles. The route is also stopping at Veterans Hospitals and delivering Christmas cards to our wounded soldiers.
As we didn't shop yesterday we decided this would be something festive to go see. So my sister, #2 daughter and I made the trek while Mom took a much needed rest. It was cold so we went in and had a late lunch in a local diner and exited in time to see the tree arrive. We didn't stay for the lighting of the town tree's as we needed to get home but it was still a fun day
and we did get to see Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a horse drawn sleigh.

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