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The official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir, arrives in a horse-drawn carriage at the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2012.
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
The official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir, arrives in a horse-drawn carriage at the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2012.

It's a sure sign of the season, the U.S. Capitol's Christmas tree has arrived.

The 65-foot tree arrived at the Capitol on Monday from the White River National Forest in Colorado. It continues the tradition of "The People's Tree," going back to 1964, which is selected from a different National Forest every year.

It will be decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments and will be lit by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during a ceremony on Dec. 4.

First Lady Michele Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia greeted the arrival of the Christmas tree that will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House last week. The 19-foot tree arrived Friday by horse-drawn carriage.

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