TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) There was not a shortage of Idahoans at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Tuesday night. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo, Jim Risch, and Rep. Raul Labrador joined 5th grader Isabella Gerard in lighting the tree that came from Idaho's Payette National Forest. Gerard's poem was selected from other students and was given the opportunity along with her parents to participate in the Christmas tree lighting. Below is video provided by Sen. Crapo's office of the lighting.

Also, see Gerard's poem “Pristine Idaho Mountains” below it.

“Pristine Idaho Mountains” by Isabella Gerard:


Idaho is blessed with beautiful mountains and immense forests.

In the winter the mountains and forests are covered with snow,

making the landscape look like never ending clouds with skyscrapers covered in snow.

Big tall trees.

Beautiful to look at.

Amazing to see.

Pristine mountains.

As I sit in the forest I find peace.

As the wind blows through the tall ponderosa pines I feel a sense of solitude and peacefulness.

To someone that has never been in an Idaho forest, it is hard to understand the size and beauty.

If only you could be here looking at these beautiful Idaho scenes.