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Christmas Tree bound for US Capitol stops in Paducah

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PADUCAH -- The Christmas tree that will stand on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. made a stop in Paducah.

It's not standing now, but in less than a week the 80-foot tall Englemann Spruce will tower over the lawn of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. The tree was cut down in Payette National Forest near the town of McCall, Idaho where sisters Pat and Peg grew up.

Tuesday, the tree drew crowds while on display in Paducah, which brought excitement the sisters are happy to see and share.

"There was so much enthusiasm in Idaho, but to see the turnout that's been here today and the school children and how many signatures," said Peg Hirschberg who grew up in McCall, but now lives in Cape Girardeau.

As the tree made it's way from Idaho it stopped along the way allowing people to leave their mark on the tree but signing a banner, but it also allowed people to realize that this tree isn't just for the Capitol, it's a Christmas gift for the entire country.

"One of our focuses, one of our intents, is to really make it a gift from the entire state of Idaho to the entire nation, this is the people's tree," explains Brian Harris, of the Payette National Forest.

With a gift as large as this one, he says he wants to share it with everyone.

"We love small town America, it just fits extremely well," Harris said. "Southern hospitality, small town American stuff, it's perfect and it all goes with the Capitol Christmas tree."

As for Pat and Peg they hope everyone loves the tree as much as they do.

"It's the same tree that we used to ski by when we were little kids, and now my children and grandchildren are skiing past it on the ski hill," said Pat Rowland, who currently lives in McCall, Idaho.

Now the entire country will be able to enjoy a piece of their hometown.

This is the first time in 13 years that the national Christmas tree has come from Idaho. The tree spent Tuesday evening in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bass Pro Shop. It should arrive in Washington D.C. on Monday.

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