The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol became a regular tradition in 1964. After some difficulties with keeping a live tree alive, the US National Forest in 1970 became responsible for finding a suitable tree and installing it on the west lawn. Each year, a different National Forest is selected to contribute the tree. This year, it comes from the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota. Compared to the National Christmas Tree on the ellipse, the U.S. tree Capitol grounds is less elaborately decorated in a style essentially unchanged at least since I first photographed it in 2002.
Capitol Christmas Tree, 2002
Capitol Christmas Tree, 2010
Capitol Christmas Tree with Snow, 2010
Capitol Christmas Tree, 2014