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Gov. Doug Ducey lights Christmas tree at Arizona Capitol

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PHOENIX — Christmas is three weeks away, but Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey officially rang in the holiday season on Tuesday.

Ducey lit the Arizona Capitol Christmas tree as part of a ceremony where he also launched a charity campaign.

“With the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree, the Christmas season is officially here,” Ducey said in a press release. “There’s no more cheerful time of year [than now].”

The 25-foot blue spruce tree was donated by students from Mountain Meadows Primary School, which is part of the Heber-Overgaard Unified School District.

Choir students from Benchmark Elementary School in north Phoenix got in on the festivities by performing holiday songs before the lighting.

Ducey also unveiled a charity initiative that will take place at the Capitol throughout December.

The Department of Child Safety has partnered with nonprofit Bags of Love to provide clothes, school supplies and other donations for Arizona children in foster care.

The bins will be placed throughout the Capitol, according to the release.

“My thanks to DCS, Bags of Love and all the students from Benchmark Elementary School and Mountain Meadows Primary School for making this holiday season so special,” Ducey said.

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