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Tree lighting ceremony captures essence of holiday spirit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Santa Claus speaks at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Building 11777 on Dec. 4.  The Tree Lighting Ceremony is held to honor the holiday season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Olds)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Santa Claus speaks at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Building 11777 on Dec. 4. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is held to honor the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Olds)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  Hawkman and Santa Claus sing Christmas carols during the tree lighting ceremony here on Dec. 4. The ceremony was held in the spirit of the holiday season.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Hawkman and Santa Claus sing Christmas carols during the tree lighting ceremony here on Dec. 4. The ceremony was held in the spirit of the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Space and Sea Girl Scouts sing Christmas carols during the Tree Lighting Ceremony here on Dec. 4 outside of Building 11777. The tree lighting ceremony was held in the spirit of the Holiday season.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Space and Sea Girl Scouts sing Christmas carols during the Tree Lighting Ceremony here on Dec. 4 outside of Building 11777. The tree lighting ceremony was held in the spirit of the Holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg locals gather for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony here on Dec. 4. The tree lighting ceremony was held in the spirit of the holiday season.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg locals gather for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony here on Dec. 4. The tree lighting ceremony was held in the spirit of the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)