Capitol Christmas tree is from Washington this year

USK, Wash. (AP) - An 88-foot Engelmann spruce tree from eastern Washington will serve as this year's Christmas tree in front of the U.S. Capitol.

The Spokesman-Review reports that officials held a tree-cutting ceremony in the Colville National Forest on Friday. The tree will tour Washington state before making its way across the country to Washington, D.C. later this month.

Washington state last provided the Capitol Christmas tree in 2006, when officials chose a Pacific silver fir from the Olympic National Forest. The tree will be joined by 80 companion trees from around the state and thousands of ornaments made by Washington students.