The Statehouse kicks off the Holiday season

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas capitol is getting into the holiday spirit. Lieutenant Governor Tracey Mann took part in two events out the statehouse on Monday.

Mann was joined by his family to take part in the annual lighting of the rotunda Christmas tree.

With a performance by the Washburn-Rural choir Mann kicked off the Christmas season which he said emphasizes time with family.

"As we light this tree we think about all the other Kansans who have their Christmas tree in their home,” Mann said. “Right now, they are decorating it or they have it up and have the lights on. It's a pretty unifying thing for the state."

The 18 foot tall tree in the rotunda will be on display throughout the Christmas season.

Earlier in the day, Mann also helped kick off Hanukkah, which officially started Sunday.

"Hanukkah is all about lights,” Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel said. “Be the change you want to see. Light a candle. Light up someone's life. Smile to a stranger. Reach out to a neighbor. One little candle can bring so much light into this world. That's the message of Hanukkah."

Erica Zabuksy, a survivor of the recent synagogue attacks in Pittsburgh, was also at the ceremony to help light the candles.

Hanukkah ends on December 10.