GPS Monitor Tracks the Capitol Christmas Tree

Capitol Christmas Tree

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Did you know a GPS Monitor is used to track the White House Christmas tree?  I didn’t know that until this year.

Why does it need to be tracked?  The “White House Christmas tree” is officially called the Capitol Christmas Tree.  This year’s tree was harvested from Colorado’s White River National Forest.  It is 65 feet tall.

After the tree is harvested in goes “on the road” and stops at cities and military bases around the country.  It is “tracked” by a company called SkyBitz, using a satellite based GPS system.

They have a website,, that shows an interactive map of all the stops the tree made.

The tour covered 5000 miles, starting November 6 where the tree was harvested.  It stopped in places like Dallas, Oklahoma City, and St Louis.  By November 24 it was in Allentown, PA.  Then at Andrews Air Force Base on November 25, and ending on November 26 at the capitol in Washington, D.C

The tree will be lit at a lighting ceremony tomorrow, December 4, 2012, by Speaker of the House, John Boehner.

There is also a “National Christmas Tree Lighting” that will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 4:30 pm EST.  I don’t know what the difference is between the two events.

After that, the tree will stay lit from dusk until 11 PM every night until December 26, 2012.

It’s reported that the tree will use LED lights, which are more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs.

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