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It's on: the new National Christmas Tree lights up

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The National Christmas Tree is pictured with the White House in the background after it was lit on the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011.

The National Christmas Tree at the White House was lit tonight. While these professionally decorated trees are impressive, I prefer the do it yourself version, below.

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Roger Waible of Greensboro, Vt. carries a freshly cut Christmas tree at Christmas Farms Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in Walden, Vt. Vermont ships thousands of Christmas trees around the nation each year.

 

Watch as our cameras capture the intricate process that transforms and illuminates a 12-ton Christmas tree in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza.

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