December 04, 2019

Luján Kicks Off Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, kicked off the official lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree delivered from Carson National Forest in New Mexico’s Third Congressional District.

An excerpt from Luján’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below:

Thank you for that introduction, and welcome to the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

I’m thrilled to be here with you all this evening, and excited to be joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and my colleagues from New Mexico, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Congresswomen Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small.

Tonight, we get to share a piece of New Mexico showcased in front of the United States Capitol Building. For the New Mexicans in the crowd and watching from home, tonight is incredibly special as we share this piece of the Land of Enchantment with the country.

Even the tree skirt reflects New Mexico. The Zia Symbol is decorated with luminarias and faralitos, red and green chile, the yucca plant, and our iconic hot air balloons. 

Decorated with hundreds of ornaments hand-crafted by New Mexicans, this 60-foot blue spruce from the Carson National Forest will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.

Already, Americans across the country have gotten a glimpse of the Capitol Christmas Tree during its two-week journey across 30 communities. In New Mexico, our communities and friends would gather in their neighborhoods – excited to share such an integral part of our state, a tree grown from our cherished public lands.

The holidays are a time for us to come together and give thinks, and I’m thankful to be here with all of you on this joyous occasion.

Tonight, with the help of all of you, we will light the Capitol Christmas Tree, ring in the holidays, and celebrate the beautiful diversity of our country.

Thank you – and enjoy the holidays!

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