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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/23/2010

The National Christmas Tree with snow

By Kevin Ambrose
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The National Christmas Tree with snow, December 17, 2010. At National Airport, 1.5" of snow fell on December 16, 2010.

For as long as I can remember, I have always thought there is something extra special about snow in December. That must come from years of watching Frosty the Snowman and listening to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." Snow is snow, but let it fall around a Christmas tree in December and it really brings out the kid in a lot of us.

Every time we get a December snowstorm, which seems to be more common over the past decade, I try to get out to photograph the National Christmas Tree and/or the Capitol Christmas Tree with snow. I've been out photographing the trees in snow during the years 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010. That's not too shabby for a city that often does not get its first snowstorm until January or February.

I've compiled a small collection of Christmas tree photos with snow that begins with the snowstorm of December 5, 2003. Check out the various lights and decorations that have appeared on the National Christmas Tree over the years. This year's display is particularly stunning.

Keep reading to see photos of the National Christmas Tree and Capitol Christmas Tree with snow.

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The National Christmas Tree with snow, December 5, 2003. At National Airport, 2.6" of snow fell on December 5-6, 2003.

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The National Christmas Tree with snow, December 5, 2005. At National Airport, 2.9" of snow fell on December 5-6, 2005.

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The Capitol Christmas Tree with snow, December 5, 2007. At National Airport, 2.6" of snow fell on December 5, 2007.

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The National Christmas Tree with deep snow cover, December 22, 2009. At National Airport, 16.4" of snow fell on December 18-19, 2003.

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The National Christmas Tree with snow, December 17, 2010. At National Airport, 1.5" of snow fell on December 16, 2010.

By Kevin Ambrose  | December 23, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Thanks for sharing the pictures, Kevin--they turned out well.

This is no fault of yours of course, but I would like to know: why is the National Christmas Tree always as ugly as sin? Compare it to the Rockefeller square tree, or the Capitol Christmas tree and the NCT just looks like someone draped a vaguely tree-shaped net of lights over it and stuck white foamcore snowflakes at (mostly) regular intervals over the surface.

There has to be a reason, right? For the record, in your picture the 2003 tree looks pretty, so whoever designed it that year, kudos. For the rest...eesh.

Posted by: redskirt_ | December 23, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

These are great. Thank u!
Give us a big one for a screensaver. We've all been good this year.
The one with the Capitol would fit nicely.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | December 23, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful!! I particularly like the one with the Capitol behind it. It would make a wonderful Christmas Card :) -Katie

Posted by: ThinkGreen | December 23, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

LOVE pics 3 and 4! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Islandernole | December 23, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Nice project... 3 and 4 are also my favorites. Kevin, did you get any eclipse pics?

Posted by: spgass1 | December 23, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

2007 is my favorite, but they're all gorgeous photos! It really would make a great screensaver, especially with "Kevin Ambrose" embedded down in one corner...

Posted by: --sg | December 23, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Yep, ## 3 and 4. Christmas card potential for sure.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | December 23, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone! spgass1: I chose sleep over the eclipse, later I wished I had made the effort to get some photos. Next time.

FIREDRAGON47/--sg: Happy Holidays, here is a screensaver image of the Capitol in snow, http://www.weatherbook.com/XMas_screensaver.jpg

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | December 23, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

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