Stanislaus National Forest, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, was selected to provide the 2011 Christmas tree for the U.S. Capital. A 60’ red fir will be chosen in the fall, then cut down on November 5. After cutting, it will be mounted on a double flatbed truck and will tour California for eight days. A specially designed frame will keep the tree’s shape and a water bag will keep it moist. After traveling throughout California the tree will be transported to the front lawn of the Capitol. It will be installed on November 28 and will follow with a tree-lighting ceremony in December.
There are several activities that only Californians are invited to participate in:
1) 5,000 homemade outdoor ornaments are needed. (Indoor ornament requirements have already been met). Outdoor ornaments should reflect the “California Shines” theme and represent how the rich cultural and ecological diversity make California shine.
2) One boy or girl, age 5-17, can win an all-expense paid trip for him/herself and a parent or guardian to light the tree with House Speaker John Boehner. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30.
3) Although the tree is donated by the State of California, donations of cash, products, or services are welcome. In addition to paying for the transport of the tree, food and hotel for the tour members, packaging tape, boxes, and other supplies are needed to package the ornaments.
Outdoor Ornament Rules & Requirements
1) Should reflect the “California Shines” theme of cultural and ecological diversity of California.
2) Not all ornaments may be selected and are not returnable.
3) They must be 9-12 inches in length and weigh less than ½ pound.
4) The ornaments must have holes for hanging.
5) They must be durable and weatherproof for outside wet and snowy conditions.
6) If possible, use reflective materials, preferably recycled or natural components.
7) Use a simple design on both sides of the ornament that can be seen 25-70 feet in distance.
8) A completed Ornament Submission Form must be included in the shipping box.
9) Deadline is September 30, 2011!
For more information and forms required, go to the official site of the Capital Christmas Tree 2011: