Silver bells, silver bells. It’s Christmas time in the capital city.
At the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda on Sunday, dozens of Nebraskans gathered for the 71st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
The ceremony was complete with musical performances from the Waverly Singers, Concordia Handbell Choir, Lincoln Public Schools All City Girls Chorus and Norris High School students. In addition, Gov. Pete Ricketts delivered his Christmas message. He encouraged the audience to celebrate what he calls the true meaning of Christmas.
“What are we doing to make sure we are in the spirit by serving the people in our community who need our help. By loving those people who need our love. Because that is what the spirit is about,” said Ricketts.
Blinking bright red and green
Gov. Ricketts was joined by the children in the audience to officially illuminate the tree donated by Ron and Katherine Benson from St. Edward, Nebraska.
In honor of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial, 169 new ornaments designed by Nebraska artists decorated this year’s tree. Each ornament is in the shape of the state and represents Nebraska agriculture, landmarks and history.
Images and descriptions of each ornament will be available online after Christmas at nebraska.gov.
Soon it will be Christmas day.