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Gov. Walker Presides Over Tree Lighting Ceremony

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Capitol Christmas tree is now lit.

Gov. Scott Walker presided over a low-key early morning ceremony Thursday during which the lights of the 30-foot balsam fir were turned on.

The tree features ornaments made by school children across Wisconsin.

Walker says ornaments were submitted from 152 schools across the state.

Christmas tree growers from across the state as well as women who quilted a new skirt to go around the base of the Capitol tree attended the event with Walker.

The tree stands in the middle of the Capitol rotunda, surrounded by other displays including two nativity scenes, a sign and a "Winter Solstice Nativity" disavowing Christmas by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and a "Seinfeld"-inspired Festivus pole.


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