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McCrory lights State Capitol Christmas tree

Posted December 12, 2013

— Hundreds of people gathered on the south grounds of the State Capitol Thursday evening to watch Gov. Pat McCrory light the Capitol Christmas tree.

"It's advent, so every day we have an activity," said Annie Frank, who brought her daughters, Lola and Sophie, to the event to help them learn the importance of family and traditions.

"I have all sorts of different things on like driving around to go see the lights and coming to do this," Frank said. "At this age, it's kind of hard, but maybe if we do something every day, they'll get it."

Sarah Davis is also getting her daughter started early. This will be Emma Catherine's first Christmas and the family's first holiday in the Triangle.

"We've just moved to Raleigh and wanted to see what the town had to offer," Davis said.

Kelly Cherry and her organization, the Junior Woman's Club of Raleigh, handed out hot cider and cookies at the event, which also included performances by local musicians. She said the tree-lighting encourages the community to come together.

State Capitol Christmas tree Tree-lighting provides community holiday experience

"It's just a great opportunity for everyone to come out and see the tree light up and be around each other. and enjoy the holiday season," Cherry said.

After watching the 24-foot tree from Peak Farms, near Jefferson, light up, people made their way inside the Capitol, where Christmas music was played on steel drums and trees donated by Cartner Christmas Tree Farm of Asheville were decorated with home grown fruits and vegetables by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

McCrory and first lady Ann McCrory asked visitors to bring donations of food, blankets, towels, toys and treats for North Carolina's rural animal shelters to the event.

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  • 678devilish Dec 13, 2013

    I pray someone else will be doing the lighting next year.

  • tayled Dec 13, 2013

    did the Gov. think that the tree was "too drab" as he did our downtown buildings? Seems far mre concerned about the appearance of the city and less about its people.

  • lets_b_real79 Dec 13, 2013

    "McCrory and first lady Ann McCrory asked visitors to bring donations of food, blankets, towels, toys and treats for North Carolina's rural animal shelters to the event."

    Far be it for the leaders of this state to ask people to bring anything for the less fortunate....But please please bring something for these animals....what a joke!

  • spunkyisbackagain Dec 13, 2013

    Nice to see it called a CHRISTMAS tree, instead of a holiday tree.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • jonstewartrules Dec 13, 2013

    This is the only rational thing McCrory has done in the last 11 months.
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    And yet, you just KNOW that he'll say something totally out of left field about the event a week later that will leave everyone wondering if NC has in face legalized pot and our Governor was first in line.

  • ccsmith1902 Dec 13, 2013

    This is the only rational thing McCrory has done in the last 11 months.

  • chippers Dec 13, 2013

    "I'm not surprised partisanship surfaced in the comments of an article about lighting a christmas tree."

    You must be new here.

  • Poupmouse Dec 12, 2013

    I'm not surprised partisanship surfaced in the comments of an article about lighting a christmas tree. Our state isn't full uninformed partyline, talking point spouting, 'freethinkers' at all. This is really sad and depressing that these people are the ones actually voting.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Classified Dec 12, 2013

    Correction, McCrory to attempt lighting State Capitol Christmas tree :(

  • Classified Dec 12, 2013

    "Hate is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."

    Deep man, deep.

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