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Here's some early Christmas cheer for the Stanislaus National Forest. This year, the forest will be providing the so-called "People's Christmas Tree" to be erected near the U.S. Capitol for the holidays.

This means quite a ride for the 65-foot white fir, currently growing in a remote and undisclosed portion of the national forest. In other words, don't go try finding it on your own.

After being cut down on Nov. 5, the tree will be trucked to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora for a public viewing. Public viewings in Sacramento on Nov. 9 and in an array of other cities will follow, before its scheduled arrival in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28.

A drawing will select some young Californian for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the tree ceremony.


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