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Capitol Christmas tree makes stop in Nashville

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was in Nashville this week. (WSMV) The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was in Nashville this week. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree made a stop in Nashville Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The 73-foot tree was cut Nov. 2 in Payette National Forest in Idaho.

“To get this tree packed into this eight-and-a-half-foot wide trailer, we had to use a lot of parachute cord and river straps and a lot of come-alongs and slow hands,” said Keith Lannom with Payette National Forest. “It took two-and-a-half days to get it packed in there. And the tree is going to be decorated with ornaments that were handmade by kids all across Idaho. There are 6,000 ornaments just for this tree.”

The ornaments are in a separate truck.

The tree needs about 20 gallons of water a day to make sure it stays fresh on its journey.

The Christmas tree will arrive at the Capitol on Monday and will be lit Dec. 6.

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