Christmas Tree Ornaments

American families across the nation hold fond memories of decorating their own trees over the years. The Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 is no different. Schoolchildren throughout Arizona have made more than 5,000 ornaments to be placed on the iconic symbol often called “The People’s Tree.” Schoolchildren from all corners of Arizona have submitted ornaments reflecting the theme of Arizona’s Gift. The ornaments collected have been as diverse as our state. Using natural materials from the Grand Canyon State such as copper to wild gourds found in the White Mountains, the creativity has been astounding.

The handcrafted ornaments made for the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 are about 9 to 12 inches so that they are viewable on the 85-foot tree from a good distance. Another challenge was for students to craft ornaments that can withstand 3 weeks of harsh winter weather, which can include snow and rain. Many of the ornaments submitted are eco-sensitive and made from recyclable materials.

An additional 1,000 indoor ornaments will decorate 75 trees placed throughout federal buildings in the Capitol. These ornaments are smaller in size, ranging from 3 to 7 inches tall. Since these creations were crafted for indoor use, they couldbe more refined and delicate. Many of these ornaments were submitted by arts groups, clubs and service organizations. In fact, most ornaments used by offices throughout the Capitol Complex will become part of office Christmas ornament collections.


One K-12 student who has submitted an outdoor ornament will win a trip to Washington, D.C. where they will light the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 with the Speaker of the House. 2 parents / guardians and 1 teacher / group leader will accompany the student to Washington, D.C. for the festivities! The lucky student will be drawn soon!



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