In January, the U.S. Forest Service announced that the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree would come from the Monongahela National Forest. Last week, the Pendleton County Convention and Visitors Bureau shared that Pendleton County is one of the finalists to provide the tree that will adorn the West Lawn of the United States Capitol.

Even if the red spruce used to celebrate the Christmas season does not come from Pendleton County, however, it will come to the area.

“It’s going to bring the community together,” said Amber Nesselrodt, executive director of the Pendleton County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She added that “it’s been narrowed down to three. Pendleton is one.” She also explained that, due to security concerns, the location of the three finalists remains a closely guarded secret.

The forest service selected “Endlessly Wild and Wonderful” as the theme of the year. Governor Jim Justice said in the USFS release on the tree, “it’s an honor to have a tree from our backyard selected as the official 2023 U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree.” He also said, “This shines a positive light on West Virginia and I am thrilled in every way.”

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