Trucking the Capitol Tree

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I know I know, it’s only the first week in November and your holiday spirit is already running low. As the ghosts and goblins return to their lairs, the elves and reindeer come out to play. In just a few weeks you’ll be hunting for that perfect Christmas tree to decorate and furnish your home or rig. While you may typically choose a tree about your height, it’s one mammoth of a tree in D.C. that attracts thousands every year. The White House Christmas Tree.

Starting sometime in the late 19th century, the Christmas tree inside the white house was located in the blue room. Since 1961, the first lady has chosen a theme for the tree, with last year’s theme, Timeless Tradition billed as a dedication to our nation’s service members. While most trees are trucked in from around the area (Pennsylvania, North Carolina) the tree that sits on the west lawn is often shipped in from much further away.

A Christmas Capitol Tree Journey

This year’s tree was found in the Payette National Forest in Idaho, quite a long way from the nation’s capital. The 80-foot tall Spruce will be trucked 4,000 miles to the nation’s capital, making various stops around the U.S. for those looking to get a glimpse at the mammoth tree. Slated to arrive at the end of the month, D.C. visitors will get to view the tree as it’s decorated. You can even track the tree on its journey.

A specially made Kenworth T680 driven by Gary Amoth will have the honors of hauling the tree. It’s the third straight year that a Kenworth truck got the nod after getting stellar recommendations from local trucking companies.

Adorned With…Potatoes?

Well not exactly. The truck hauling the Capitol tree will be joined by the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, which features a 6-ton replica of an Idaho potato. The potato will hold 8,000 ornaments crafted by local schools and other organizations that will be used to decorate the Capitol tree.

The tree will officially be illuminated in early December during a ceremony hosted by U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Whether you’re out on the road or at home, the holiday spirit should be kept alive. Even if you don’t have a tree to admire, make sure to keep your holiday cheer and spread it to those around you. Nobody likes a big rig Grinch.

Author: Troy Diffenderfer

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