National community Christmas trees have been decorated on the ground of our nation's capital since 1923. Every December a tree is commemorated with a lighting ceremony by/with our current president.
This outdoor tradition started with an engineer from General Electric (GE) in hopes to persuade Americans to buy more electric lights and therefore use more electric energy. The first national holiday tree was a 48-foot tall balsam fir donated by Middlebury College in Vermont. Throughout the years official received complaints and criticism for the use of cut trees. The ceremony of 1973 would be the first to plant the celebrated tree on white house grounds.
This year our decorated evergreen is a 30 feet tall blue spruce that was decorated and lit on December 5. Story source:
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