North Dakotans invited to 'Share Your Story' at state Christmas tree lighting ceremony | INFORUM

Local News 30-11-2021 IN FORUM 55

BISMARCK — North Dakota residents are invited to join Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum for holiday readings, music and carols at the 40th annual North Dakota state Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The theme of this year’s Christmas tree is “Share Your Story,” inspired by the first lady’s platform of encouraging people to share their experiences of how addiction and recovery have impacted their lives. It also applies to the notion that every person has a story to share.

The tree will be ceremoniously lit by an individual or individuals impacted by addiction or recovery to signify hope, opportunity and renewal during the holiday season.

The tree lighting ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in Memorial Hall at the Capitol in Bismarck. Attendees may park in the visitors lot south of the Capitol and enter the building through the south entrance.

Free holiday cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider will be available to all attendees. All are welcome to attend and view the submitted handmade ornaments hung on the state Christmas tree.

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The ceremony also will be livestreamed on the Facebook pages of the governor and first lady.

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