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Christmas tree is lit outside US Capitol amid hymns

Tuesday - 12/3/2013, 9:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An 88-foot-tall spruce that was transported from Washington state to Washington D.C. has been illuminated in a ceremony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

House Speaker John Boehner flipped the switch that lit the Capitol Christmas Tree, helped by the six-year-old son of an Iraq war veteran.

Washington Congressman Jim McDermott said Christmas is about a "child that came into the world and changed the world." He added, "I hope this tree will remind us of Jesus' call to feed the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked and to take care of the sick."

The U.S. Marine Band played "O Come all ye Faithful," ''Joy to the World," ''O Holy Night" and other Christmas hymns.

On Friday, the National Christmas Tree will be lit on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument.

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218-w-34-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio)--The Capitol Christmas Tree is now shining brightly. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (3 Dec 2013)

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219-r-29-(House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and six-year old Giovanni Gaynor from Colville, Wash. and the U.S. Marine Band, at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree)--House Speaker John Boehner lights the Capitol Christmas Tree. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (3 Dec 2013)

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220-r-32-(U.S. Marine Band plays "Angels We Have Heard On High", at lighting of Capitol Christmas Tree)--The U.S. Marine Band plays "Angels We Have Heard On High" at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree (3 Dec 2013)

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