The Payette National Forest in Idaho provided the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year. Tuesday, December 6, it will be lit in a grand ceremony on the U.S. Capitol lawn.

The lighting is scheduled for 5 p.m. EST with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Boise, Idaho, fifth grader Isabella Gerard doing the honors.

The official Capitol Christmas Tree website reports that Boise's KTVB television station will be providing live coverage. Their website is www.ktvb.com. We checked earlier and they had a fun report from Washington, D.C.

It was back in 2008 that the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree came from the Bitterroot National Forest. It was cut from the forest in the Skalkaho area, prepared for travel at Mildenberger Motors and was sent off on a statewide route before it was placed in Washington, D.C.

The Idaho tree also passed through Montana this year. In fact, it came right through Hamilton. The caravan with the extra-long semi headed south on US 93 last month.