It is that time of year again.  Tomorrow, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit, marking the beginning of the season of giving and a time to reflect on all our blessings.  It is a special time of year, and this year it will be just a little more special.  Helping Speaker Boehner do the honors this year will be 10-year-old Aaron Urban from Linthicum, Maryland.  Aaron, who is fighting a brave battle against brain cancer, serves as an example of what the holiday season is really about: spending time with loved ones, giving to others, and taking part in special Christmas traditions. 

As the kickoff for his one-true-wish, being granted by Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, to spend Christmas in New York City – Aaron will light this year’s Capitol Christmas tree.  Following this special experience, he will continue to spread the holiday spirit during his trip in New York City filled with holiday activities.  We would love for you to share in this moment, you can tune into to see the Christmas tree ceremony and help us usher in the holiday season.  For now, you can watch a hyperlapse of this year’s tree arrival here.

The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree is an 88-foot-tall white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The tree traveled from Minnesota to the U.S. Capitol, making stops in about 30 communities along the way. The tree arrived November 21 and is being decorated with thousands of ornaments handcrafted by children and others from Minnesota communities.