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    Colorado Already Planning for Capitol's Christmas Tree

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    Colorado Already Planning for Capitol's Christmas Tree - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.

    Coloradans are celebrating Christmas in July.

    The Centennial State has been chosen to provide the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree which will stand in front of the United States Capitol building. The tree will be selected from the White River National Forest - which beat 155 other U.S. national forests.

    In August, an architect from the Capitol will make the final choice of the 10-12 “contender” trees picked out by the US Senator from Colorado and a White River National Forest supervisor. The exact location of the tree is kept a secret and will be cut down around Nov 1st.

    From there, it will travel from Colorado via transportation donated by Mack Trucks and gas provided by the Association of Convenience Stores, making stops in Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    The typical Capitol Christmas tree stands around 65 feet tall and is perfectly shaped with no missing branches or bare spots.

    At the lighting ceremony in December, the Speaker of the House and a lucky Colorado child will have the privilege of turning on the lights.