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National Christmas Tree Snapped by High Winds in Washington, DC

The National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC was snapped by high winds on Saturday morning. The 42 foot tall Colorado blue spruce considered "the most energy efficient Christmas tree" toppled near its base following a "High Wind Warning" issued by the National Weather Service. Winds reportedly soared between 25 and 60 miles per hour and took down the tree.

The National Christmas Tree was located between the south lawn of the White House and the Washington Monument. Traditionally, First families have lit the tree in early December for the past 87 years. The tree then remained lit each Christmas season until New Year's Day.

Last Christmas, the Obama family participated in tree lighting events on December 9, 2010 with performances by BB King and Maroon 5.

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