Through an unusually wet autumn, it appears people in Washington, DC will enjoy great weather in time for today’s lightning of the National Christmas Tree. The weather forecast is good with dry conditions and diminishing winds for the event that begins at 4:30pm. The celebration dates back to 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge delivered a message of hope and peace during the ceremony.
The star of the event is a 28 foot Colorado blue spruce tree rom Virginia that was planted on the ellipse in 2012. The tree features 74,000 lights and 1,300 ornaments. It is joined by fifty-six smaller trees representing all states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
With host actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. present, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will kick-off festivities and light the tree this evening. In previous remarks, First Lady Melania Trump said she’s getting into the holiday spirit with the debut of the White House Christmas Decor. According to the White House, this year’s theme is “American Treasures” and honors several U.S. landmarks.
“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season. Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people,” says First Lady Melania Trump said. “Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Earlier today, strong winds blew through portions of the Mid Atlantic, toppling some trees in northern Virginia. As the lightning ceremony begins and the sun sets, the winds should significantly diminish throughout the region.