Extreme Decor: Nine Famous Holiday Displays
The National Christmas Tree
The Washington, D.C., holiday tree tradition began in 1923 with President Coolidge. Back then, the tree stood at forty-eight feet and was adorned with 2,500 red, green, and white lights. The tree lighting ceremony, which takes place in early December every year, is a much bigger affair these days, with an online lottery system in place for three thousand seats and ten thousand spaces in the standing room area. The big tree, along with the fifty-six small trees (one for every state, territory, and the District of Colombia) that make up the “Pathway of Peace,” will be lit every night until the beginning of the New Year.
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