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Easleys kick off holidays with Christmas tree lighting

Posted December 10, 2008
Updated October 10, 2011

— Gov. Mike Easley and first lady Mary Easley lit the North Carolina's Christmas tree on the Capitol grounds Wednesday night.

Festivities began at 5 p.m. and included music, food and children's activities.

The Raleigh Garden Club has a 30-year tradition of decorating the Capitol. This year's theme is "North Carolina Home for the Holidays."

Free tours begin Thursday at the governor's mansion, also decked out in holiday attire and live greens that come from the mansion's yard and three massive Christmas trees from the North Carolina mountains.

The open house runs Dec. 11 to Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

First lady Mary Easley gave WRAL News' Amanda Lamb a sneak peek of the tour. Check it out here.


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  • Chplhill Dec 10, 2008

    This must be part of the "additional duties" that Mary Easley is assuming at NCSU. I am sure that the tree will be tastefully decorated by Larry Wheeler of the State Museum of Art with Faberge ornaments on loan from the museum in St. Petersburg and that four highway patrolmen have been untangling the lights for a week now. My Christmas wish this year? An indictment or two handed down by a Federal grand jury for two of North Carolina's most special citizens.

  • meteo Dec 10, 2008

    What a bunch of scrooges in this thread!

    This is a nice, simple, and relaxed way for our city to celebrate the holdiays. Take a day off from the political whining and come get some holiday cheer.

  • ratherbnnc Dec 10, 2008

    He put a freeze on all state jobs and I can't even get a job. Getting rid of him can't get here soon enough!

    Not all state jobs are frozen. Only non essential jobs they are not filling.

  • this is my Screen Name Dec 10, 2008

    They'll either jet in after touring Raleigh's skyline or come in an expensive limo (with champagne and hors d'ouevres for them)........... all the way from the mansion. We the taxpayer will get stuck with another big ticket item out of this somehow.

  • curmudgeon1 Dec 10, 2008

    I wonder how much they're paying Mary to attend. If you notice the other comments on this story I have to conclude that only those that can't write would have voted for this jerk twice. I've met him; regrettably he's even less impressive in person if that's possible.

  • Axilla Dec 10, 2008

    The article never mentions if the event is free to the public. Keep in mind this is an Easley event, right? Free?!? (Festivities begin at 5 p.m. The event includes music, food and children's activities.)

  • georgiat28 Dec 10, 2008

    Who cares that they are lighting the State Christmas Tree? I hope that they have a wonderful Christmas since they have ruined mine. Because of both of them, the entire State of NC is in a big mess. He put a freeze on all state jobs and I can't even get a job. Getting rid of him can't get here soon enough!

  • ORMA Dec 10, 2008

    I wonder what this is going to cost the taxpayers? Also, since libraries at the universities can not display Christmas trees for fear of offending people, should the Governor be putting one up?

  • PaulRevere Dec 10, 2008

    Wait! I thought Christmas trees are eeeeeevil! And all those lights using electricity and making the Earth hotter! OMG! I can't believe they are doing this! What about the polar bears!?!?!?

  • ratherbnnc Dec 10, 2008

    More than likely they are going to get soaked! Can we have a short in the electrical system?