Help us reach our goal of 5,000 outdoor ornaments for the Capitol Christmas tree!
California has been asked to provide the U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year.
This 60 foot tree is coming from our own Stanislaus National Forest located in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. This tree will symbolize our theme “California Shines” and will be a gift to the nation from California. The tree will serve as the holiday centerpiece on the Capitol Lawn.
Ornaments should be designed to reflect our theme “California Shines” by showing how the rich cultural and ecological diversity of this state make it shine. From the Pacific Ocean to the sparkling deserts, from the high mountain peaks to its forests, rivers and abundant Central Valley, the diversity of nature and the people who live here are what make the great state of California shine.
Past Ornamnet Designs:
2010, Wyoming Forever West
2009, Arizona’s Gift
2008, Sharing Montana’s Treasures
Californians have been sending in their ornament creations. As of July 2011 we have met our indoor ornament goal. The push is on to receive our goal of 5,000 ornaments for the outdoor tree.
We invite participation from all Californians. From individuals, artists, crafters, young and old alike, any and all are invited to create and send in an ornament. This is your opportunity to participate in the 2011 U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Project.
The Stanislaus National Forest is collecting all ornaments prior to their shipment to Washington D.C. Unless our goal is reached sooner, the deadline for receiving ornaments is November 4, 2011. Check the thermometers on the website for the status on the ornaments. Or send an email to the Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Coordinator, Phyllis Ashmead:
Ship ornaments to:
Mi-Wok Ranger District
Stanislaus National Forest
Attention: Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments
P.O. Box 100
24695 Highway 108
Mi-Wuk Village, California 95346
There are four key points to keep in mind before you get started.
Criteria & Forms:
- Follow the guidelines listed on the Ornament Criteria sheet for the ornaments you want to make. The criteria are different for those destined for the outside tree versus those made for indoor trees.
- We encourage use of recycled and natural materials. No ornaments can be returned, and outdoor ornaments are used for only one year. So while they should be beautiful and thoughtfully created, valuable artwork is not appropriate, especially for the outdoor tree.
- Review the forms before you get started, print and fill out the forms when you send in your ornament(s).
- Send us pictures of you making the ornaments or with your finished masterpiece. We would love to put your picture on our website!
Indoor Ornament Criteria
Outdoor Ornament Criteria
Ornament Submission Form
Entry Form for the Tree Lighting Trip
Please call and leave a message for the Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Committee at 209-586-3234 ext 602. Someone will get back to you shortly. You may also email our Ornament Coordinator: Phyllis Ashmead, US Forest Service:
Visit the rest of this website to learn more about the rich traditions surrounding the annual Capitol Christmas Tree project, the details of California’s 2011 effort, and the many partners and sponsors who are working together to coordinate this effort.