Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - It's not quite Christmas without a tree.

And on Sunday, the Nebraska State Capitol had a tree lighting ceremony, officially kicking off the holiday season at the State Capitol.

The Capitol was packed full of people excited to see the annual tree lighting ceremony.

The building was filled with song, laughter, and people ready to celebrate the holidays.

This year, the tree donated by Ron and Katherine Benson of St. Edward, was decorated with 169 ornaments created by artists in the state.

They all represent Nebraska's agricultural, natural and social history.

The ceremony was full of song and holiday cheer with performances by students at Norris High School, Waverly Singers and the Inspiration Middle School Show Choir.

"What are we doing to make sure we are in the spirit by serving the people in our community that need our help. By loving those people that need our love. Because that is what the spirit is about,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.

All of the different ornaments on the tree were photographed and will be on the states website after Christmas, along with statements from each artist.