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91st Annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree Brings History & Celebration Together

Dec 13, 2016 04:54PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

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This past weekend, people from far and wide gathered to make the annual "Trek to the Tree."

The Nation’s Christmas Tree is the General Grant Tree in Grant Grove of the Kings Canyon National Park. It is named the Nation's Christmas Tree after it's old age and size. 

According to the Sanger Chamber of Commerce website, "In October 1, 1949, Sanger, California was recognized by the Post Office Department as the Nation’s Christmas Tree City.  Because of such dedication, and because of the work done and interest shown by the citizens of Sanger, California, the Nation’s Christmas Tree has become known nationally and internationally.

Each year, people gather around this historic tree to celebrate the holiday season. This past weekend, on December 11th, 2016, they held their 91st Annual Trek to the Tree event, and it was a great success. 

People from all over the world gather at the tree each second Sunday in December at 2:30 pm to sing and pray, and members of the National Park Service join in the services by placing a wreath at the base of the tree. 

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To learn more about this historic event, you can visit the Sanger Chamber of Commerce website.
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Karen Maroot