Friday, December 7, 2012

What are your plans this evening?

No, we aren't asking you out for a candlelit dinner. We are, however, letting you know that tonight is the official lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree.

The Noble Fir arrived in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday and is decorated in a fashion that even Clark W. Griswold would approve of- 5,000 lights, red and green ornaments, silver bells and candy canes. The lower branches of the tree are the temporary home to stuffed animals and books that will be donated to needy families across the state. For the past 23 years, firefighters from Spokane all the way to Grays Harbor County have distributed the gifts to children who would otherwise go without.

The tree is sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, which has collected almost $300,000 in donations from members and friends since it began sponsoring the tree.

Festivities kick off at 6:00 PM with Governor Chris Gregoire and AWB Chair of the Board Doug Bayne sharing the honor of lighting the tree. Here's to hoping for no Griswold moments.

For more information, check out the AWB press release on the tree lighting.