The annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree is always a special occasion, made all the more special this year because of the participation of Giovanni Gaynor, a first-grader from Colville, WA — the very town where the 88-foot Engelmann spruce was grown. Prior to the lighting ceremony, Giovanni and his parents joined Speaker Boehner in the Capitol for a reception to donate presents to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Giovanni, who pushed the button to light the tree, dreams of becoming a police officer when he grows up. With that in mind, Speaker Boehner and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine named the six year old a junior Capitol Police Officer for a day.
See more photos from the ceremony below: