Today is one of the highlights of the year for us here at the Georgia State Capitol. It is the Annual Lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree! Last week, the wonderful workers that take care of our "Grand Ol' Dame" worked through the weekend before Thanksgiving to put up all the lovely decorations and bring in the gi-normous Christmas tree that stands in the Capitol Rotunda. We walked in on that Monday with the scent of fresh cedar wafting through the halls. It took several days for the crew to upright the tree, secure it, and place the lights and attach the red bows. We will come back to the tree lighting in just a moment.
In the meantime, in the south wing of the Capitol, this is what greets me everyday in December. Just outside my office door, literally just steps away, this beautiful poinsettia tree sits at the landing of the grand staircase, between the second and third floors. The steps are lined with pots of big poinsettias and the red makes such a striking contrast to the white marble. At the base of the stairs is an old monument/fountain surrounded by more flowers.
It is a simple thing, this little Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes from start to finish. But it is a lovely way to start a Wednesday morning, this first day in December. I wish you all such simple, lovely things this entire holiday season!