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December 2, 2010 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH LIGHTS COUNTY’S OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Antonovich hosted the annual lighting of the County Christmas Tree on Monday, November 30th -- continuing a special tradition begun by the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn in honor of the County’s children.
Supervisor Antonovich was joined by Ms. Marisa Rawlins-Bradfield and the talented young members of her choir from Providence High School in Burbank. With the help of Supervisor Antonovich and his children, Michael Jr. and Mary Christine, a special member of the choir flipped the switch lighting the 40-foot tree before a crowd of celebrants.
“Throughout history, the Christmas Tree has been a symbol of life and hope, for peace and prosperity,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “For people of all faiths, it represents a time for families and friends to gather together to renew the bonds of love that give us fulfillment and joy. As we light the County tree, we invite all of our County’s citizens to reflect on the glory of the season and share our celebration.”
The tradition of lighting a Christmas tree in the United States began over 85 years ago. In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony every year on the White House lawn.
CUTLINE: Supervisor Antonovich is joined by his children Michael Jr. and Mary-Christine and the members of Providence High School Choir to light the County’s Official Christmas Tree.