Gov. Perdue To Light State Christmas Tree

Gov. Beverly Perdue's first year to light the North Carolina state Christmas tree will feature something different.

Perdue and husband Bob Eaves will turn on the lights Thursday evening on a fir tree brought in from Ashe County and standing on the south side of old Capitol square in downtown Raleigh.

In recent years, then-Gov. Mike Easley lit a large bush-like tree that grows year round on the old Capitol grounds.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said the governor liked the idea of placing a tree facing downtown to provide a connection with the decorations along Fayetteville Street.

Singing groups and children's activities will follow the tree-lighting ceremony. Perdue and "Santa Claus" also plan to read to children in attendance.


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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    I wish that she had to light a 1000 candles in the Christmas tree by hand with a grill lighter while in a utility truck bucket. Maybe she'll catch her hair on fire and she dials 911 so the fire department can put it out.
  • by Mike on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    Does she know how to flip a switch?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    And just who is going to pay the electric bill? And who paid for all the lights? And the people to put the lights up? It should be the Taypayers Christmas Tree.
  • by enc Location: enc on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    now ain't that just special?
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