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Friday, September 19, 2008

Official National USA Christmas Tree

In 1924, Charles E. Lee visited what was then General Grant National Park, and found himself standing by the Grant Tree with a little girl. As they admired the huge tree, the girl exclaimed, "What a wonderful Christmas tree it would be!" The idea stayed with Mr. Lee, and in 1925 he organized the first Christmas program, held at the Grant Tree at noon on Christmas Day. Mr. Lee wrote to President Calvin Coolidge, who designated the General Grant as the Nation's Christmas Tree on April 28, 1926. The 'trek to the tree' is still held on the second Sunday of December, with a ceremony and the decoration of the tree with a wreath. The park is now known as King's Canyon National Park which is in Arizona.

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