From New York City to the Nation’s Capital: The Christmas Spirit is ‘Lighting Up’ the Season

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A Christmas staple in New York City is shining bright. The iconic Rockefeller center tree was lit Wednesday in front of a large festive audience a year after COVID kept crowds home.

The 79-foot Norway spruce from a Maryland Catholic couple was decorated with 50,000 lights and topped with a 900 pound star.

They’re also getting into the Christmas spirit on Capitol hill. Members of the House and Senate gathered on the West Front Lawn to light the Capitol building’s Christmas tree. The 84-foot white fir comes from Six Rivers National Forest in California. The thousands of handcrafted ornaments made by Californians reflect this year’s theme “Six Rivers, Many People, One Tree.”

A Menorah lighting ceremony in observance of Hanukkah took place that was, in a word, historic. This lighting also took place at the White House and was led by “second gentleman” Doug Emhoff. He’s the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris and the first-ever Jewish spouse of a president or vice president. In his remarks, Emhoff said that Jewish values are American values.