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Tris DeRoma/Monitor
This year’s tree lighting ceremony at the County Municipal Building Saturday was one for the record books. The 23-foot blue spruce was from the Jemez Mountains.

The holiday tree lighting ceremony at the County Municipal Building Saturday was one for the record books.

This year’s key attraction was a 23-foot blue spruce from the Jemez Mountains, picked and decorated by employees from the Los Alamos County Public Works Department. The big buildup, leading up to the lighting, which included a concert from Schola Cantorum Choir and Mountain Elementary, did not disappoint.

“This was the first time I’ve attended an actual lighting ceremony, and I thought the singing was beautiful too”, Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore said. “It was very nice.”

County Councilor Rick Reiss led the tree lighting, thanking residents “for coming out tonight to see the lighting of our tree, our community tree.”  He had the crowd do a backward countdown from 10 before flicking on the tree’s lights.

There were plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” and applause at the critical moment, as the tree’s silver and blue ornaments caught the lights just right.

Reiss also thanked Public Works for making the trek out into the Jemez to bring the tree back.

“It’s just as beautiful this year as it was last year, we are lucky to have it,” he said.

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