Remember the national Christmas tree that was chosen near McCall and went through Twin Falls a couple weeks ago? Good news. It has safely made its way across the country and arrived in Washington on Monday.

The Associated Press covered the event marking the arrival of Idaho's tree in the nation's capitol. Stephen Ayers, from the architect of the capitol, stated "Today, once the tree is unbound, a crane will lift it from the trailer and set it into place on the west front lawn of the capitol. Our talented capital grounds crew will spend the next several days decorating the tree with thousands of LED light and hanging thousands of ornaments, as well."

Keith Lannom, the supervisor for the Payette National Forest, spoke about why this tree is special to Idaho and the nation. "This 84-year-old, 80 foot Engelmann Spruce came from the little ski hill just outside of McCall, Idaho. The little ski hill was established 79 years ago, so this tree was just a sapling when people started to ski there. Generations of McCall kids have learned to ski there and 6 winter Olympians got their start there."

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