Pine Tree State spruces up national Christmas spirit

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Northern Maine’s Christmas spirit is on-display for all the world to see, as L.L. Bean boots and Moxie hang from evergreen branches in President’s Park.

Presque Isle high schoolers decorate Maine's tree in D.C. (Source: Gray DC)

"I think it brings together, a sense of community, and a celebration that is country-wide," said Autumn Cook with National Parks Service Public Affairs, "and it’s also in a National Park that belongs to everyone."

In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge ordered the first White House tree to usher in the holidays. Beginning in 1954, trees for each state, territory, and D-C encircled the Christmas centerpiece. Organizers have enlisted everyone from professional artists to church groups enlisted to decorate over the years.

It's a tradition students from across the country are now a direct part of as they bring their hometown holiday cheer to the White House. This year, Presque Isle high schoolers created the decorations for the Pine Tree State.

Our team caught up with the young artists back home as they put the finishing touches on their ornaments. "It’s going to be cool, like how everyone’s going to get to see a little bit of Maine, and how each one of us portrays it," said Megan Grant.

About 20,000 visitors are expected to attend Thursday’s national tree lighting. Thousands more will get an up-close look at the students work over the course of the holiday season.

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