Already thinking about Christmas

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - October 5, 2011

This year's U.S. Capitol Christmas tree has been selected.

It's a 65-foot white fir from a national forest in the central Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Just where the tree is now standing is a secret.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Maria Benech says, "It's a matter of national security."

The tree will be cut early next month and trucked across the country.

After the holiday season is over, the stately tree will be ground into mulch and spread across the Capitol gardens.

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