Capitol tree setup, waiting for Thursday’s lighting ceremony

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Capitol Christmas tree is set up and decorated today ahead of Thursday's lighting.

Tom Job is in charge of putting it up and says he and his team spent about four hours assembling and another five hours decorating.

That requires a lift to get about 4,000 ornaments up and down all 26 feet of the tree. The ornaments come from all corners of the state.

“These are ornaments that are made by the people that live in North Dakota. These are ornaments that are maybe service member that someone has sent in remembrance of or that they're thinking of them as they're deployed overseas at the time,” said Job.

Job says don't worry about running out of space for ornaments.

Since the tree is artificial, it can grow as they need more space.