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Tree Lightings in Georgia

December 9, 2014
Red poinsettia flowers

So far Georgia state government has experienced 2 tree lighting ceremonies this season: One at the Governor's Mansion and one inside the Capitol Rotunda. Both festivities included music, flowers, cookies and thousands of twinkle lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus even made an appearance or two.

On Sunday, the public was invited to the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta to tour the house and watch the very tall tree dazzle in lights. This year's theme is With a Servant's Heart. Each tree in the house is decorated with charities throughout Georgia. First Lady Sandra Deal joked that there are so many kind-hearted charities in Georgia, they weren't able to represent all of them inside the Mansion!

The next day, everyone gathered on the second floor of the Georgia State Capitol for a special tree lighting ceremony. Children sang, harps played, and the spirit of the holidays flowed through everyone. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, First Lady Sandra Deal and Governor Nathan Deal each explained what Christmas means to them and their families. Then everyone rushed to the Rotunda and counted down with a resounding, "Merry Christmas" to light the massive tree.

Governor's Mansion Tree Lighting Ceremony

Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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