The Christmas trees at the Pennsylvania Capitol building have been lit and will be on display until early January.First lady Susan Corbett and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard pressed the button to turn on 800 energy-saving lights, but the cue came from two children standing on either side of Gov. Tom Corbett.
“For the next few weeks in the month of December, hopefully we will act a little kinder toward each other, a little gentler toward each other, and, obviously, hopefully a little more generous toward one another,” the governor said.
The tree came from Crystal Springs Tree Farm in Carbon County.
Owner Chris Botek said trees from his farm have been displayed in the Capitol for 17 years.
“The season – that’s all that it is, that it comes down to,” Botek said. “To be part of this and to give something like this is truly an honor, it really is.”
The Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association donated the tree, as well as 30 others for display in commonwealth facilities.
One of Botek’s trees is in the Blue Room at the White House.