We are 52 days away from Christmas! I’m sure you’ve noticed the commercials already playing on TV and shelves already filled in the stores. The U.S. Capitol Tree is about to make its long journey to Washington, D.C.

The 80-foot Engelmann spruce was cut down yesterday at the Little Ski Hill, just west of McCall.

It will spend a couple weeks traveling around Idaho making 15 stops, before making the 3,000 mile journey to D.C., where it will sit on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.

They used a traditional crosscut saw to cut it down, to honor the traditional logging skills and tools used in this region. It is also a process that has never been used before to cut down previous national trees.

It will be decorated with thousands of ornaments created by Idahoans, which my son's school was a part of. It will be officially lit on Dec. 6.