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Delegation to participate in DC tree lighting

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The 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a blue spruce from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, arrives in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 25, 2019. The tree-lighting ceremony will be on Dec. 4. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Wednesday will have a large New Mexico presence – the tree is from the Land of Enchantment, after all.

The tree was delivered from Carson National Forest in New Mexico. And former congresswoman and now Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., will deliver remarks during the ceremony.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, both Democrats, will also attend the event along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The tree, also known as the “People's Tree,” is a 60-foot-tall blue spruce. It will be adorned with more than 10,000 ornaments handcrafted by New Mexican school children and community members to reflect the state's culture, history, landscapes and wildlife.

Architect of the Capitol, Thomas Carroll, will honor the New Mexico delegation and representatives from Carson National Forest in New Mexico for providing the tree. Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyo Seco and winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest, will light the tree. Chevel Shepherd, a native of Farmington and winner of Season 15 of “The Voice,” will perform at the ceremony.

The Carson National Forest has also provided smaller “companion trees” that will be used to decorate offices inside the U.S. Capitol and other sites in Washington, D.C.

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