Help decorate the Capitol Christmas tree
The U.S. Forest Service is collecting Christmas ornaments to decorate the North Carolina tree set to adorn the U.S. Capitol this Christmas. The National Forests in North Carolina has been selected to provide the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, the third time it’s been charged with that task.
“The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree or ‘the People’s Tree’ is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit North Carolina’s talented individuals and their passion for our public lands,” said Lorie Stroup, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree coordinator. “We want our communities to shine by decorating the tree with handmade ornaments that capture what the state is known for and the diversity of people, places, plants and animals. We encourage the use of natural, recyclable and repurposed materials for ornaments.”
The Forest Service needs two types of ornaments: 4,000 large ornaments that are 9-12 inches, colorful, reflective and weatherproof; and 2,000 small ornaments that are 4-6 inches, lightweight, colorful and not necessarily weatherproof, as they will be placed indoors. Crafters should not use sharp materials that might pose a danger to cutting or nicking tree lighting wires, and ornaments may not include commercial logos or be divisive or offensive.