Vermont balsam-fir will be D.C. holiday tree

Vermont will be the provider of the 2007 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., this year. The balsam fir tree is coming from the Green Mountain National Forest near Bennington. This will be the fourth time Vermont has provided a tree to Washington. Vermont will also be providing about 70 smaller companion trees to give to various dignitaries in Washington and to give out along the caravan route from Vermont to the D.C. As many parents are trying to figure out what Halloween costume to outfit their children, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Committee is thinking about Christmas decorations instead. According to Erin Sheridan of the Capitol Christmas Tree Committee, members are looking to Vermont to help provide ornaments for the capitol Christmas tree. Vermont community members, artisans, and students are encouraged to make their own unique ornament to be hung on the 60 capitol tree. Approximately 4,500 large ornaments are needed; many have already been made by members of the community and students. This year, Vermont has selected the Christmas theme of the nations capitol building: An Old Fashioned Holiday. Ornaments need to reflect the spirit of an old fashioned, New England Christmas. There are specific requirements for the ornaments, for example size, material, and theme; those interested can view the criteria on the web site www.capitolchristmastree2007.org. Those who submit an ornament will be entered into a drawing to attend a free trip to the tree lighting in Washington. We hope that everyone in Vermont will be represented in Washington, D.C. with his or her own unique ornament, Sheridan said. All ornaments need to be submitted to the designated locations, which are listed on the web site, by Oct. 30 and will not be returned to the maker. Call 802-747-7900 for more details.

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