SPOKANE, Wash.—A little boy and his family are getting ready to light the Capitol Christmas Tree. The Colville family leaves for Washington D.C. on Monday.
Giovani Gaynor, 6, can not wait for his first trip to D.C. and his parents are also excited to be a part of history.
The Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in D.C. in late November after a three week long journey across the country. That journey began in the Inland Northwest. The tree was cut down in the Colville National Forest on November 1.
A Colville boy was picked to light the tree out of all of the other kids in Washington.
Gaynor’s teacher entered him in a drawing for the trip after their class made ornaments for the 2012 tree.
Gaynor’s dad said organizers pick one person to light the tree from the state it is cut down in.
"We're going to count backwards from 10 and then turn it on,” said Gaynor.
The family has plans to tour the White House and the city during their four day trip in D.C. Gaynor is going to flip the switch along side house speaker John Boehner in a special ceremony on Tuesday.
The Gaynor family is not just excited about the tree. Gaynor’s father served in Iraq and said being in the place where all the decisions are made for the country makes it extra special.