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A Capitol Christmas Tradition continues

 

Last updated 12/27/2018 at 7:41pm

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The Christmas tree at the state Capitol is illuminated by 10,000 ultra-low LED lights and decorated with over 900 hand-crafted ornaments.

Holiday celebrations began in the California State Capitol in 1869 when the building first opened. Past governors decorated the Capitol with wreaths and their offices with trees, but in 1931, the tree was moved from the governor's office to the rotunda and later to a spot near the lieutenant governor's office, where it remained until 1984. Concerns about fire safety voiced by Joint Rules Committee Chair Louis Papan resulted in the tree being moved outside, where it has remained ever since, even though Papan got some flak about why he "decided to cancel Christmas." Despite a brief hiatus as...



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