The placement of a Christmas tree in Statuary Hall in December of 1962 marked a revival of holiday trees at the Capitol. The first Capitol Christmas tree, a 40-foot Norway spruce, was installed on the East Front Plaza in 1913. The tradition ended two years later, with officials citing a lack of funds. House Speaker John McCormack reinstated the custom nearly 50 years later with this modest version.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Christmas Tree at the Capitol,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/PA2012/PA2012-04-0057/ (August 12, 2022)
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