The National Christmas Tree

By Washington DC Expert: Tim, USA, November 2011

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In 1923, the 1st Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, would start the tradition of the lighting the National Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington DC. On Christmas Eve of 1923, the first tree was a 48 ft. Balsam Fir from Coolidge’s native state of Vermont, lit on the south side of the White House area called the Ellipse. Today the tree is a 26 ft. evergreen from New Jersey that replaced the 40 ft. Colorado blue spruce that blew down last February.

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