Noble fir from Oregon shines as U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

    Lighting of the US Capitol Christmas tree from Oregon.

    Oregon's Congressional delegation and a 4th-grader from Hillsboro joined House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday to light an 80-foot noble fir from the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest.

    "So first I want you Oregonians to know your senator, Ron Wyden, long time friend of mine, led me into a pronunciation lecture at the beginning of this ceremony. Oregon. Willamette. I could go on," Ryan said. "But he did with this baseball hat that reminded me of a Rose Bowl 6 years ago I was trying to forget."

    Wyden was wearing a green University of Oregon hat.

    Oregon provided this year's Christmas tree - as well as a 45-38 defeat to Wisconsin team in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

    The tree is the first of its species to serve as the U.S. Capitol Tree.

    A 4th-grader from Hillsboro, Oregon, read a poem she wrote before helping Ryan light the tree. | READ TEXT OF HER POEM

    The tree was harvest a month ago and transported across the country to serve as the Capitol tree.

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