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Florida Capitol Christmas tree presented by Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried

Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 17:41:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Christmas came to the Florida Capitol Tuesday morning.

Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried continued the long-standing tradition of presenting the governor with a Florida-grown Christmas tree.

A Carolina Sapphire will now sit outside the lobby to the governor's office through the holiday— collecting ornaments.

It came from a Tallahassee Christmas tree farm, one of the state's more than 140.

Floridians harvest an estimated 16,000 trees each year from those farms. Fried explained why this tree is so important to those growers.

"It's an opportunity to really promote our agriculture, Fresh from Florida," said Fried. "Not just in Christmas trees, but really to remind people as they're planning holiday meals to make sure you're buying Fresh from Florida produce."

To ensure Hanukkah wasn't forgotten— Fried also handed over a few Jewish ornaments for the tree.

Fried is the first Jewish woman to sit on Florida's Cabinet.