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September 6, 2011
Californians can create ornaments for national Christmas tree

This year's national Christmas tree, the one that will sit in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., will come from California for the first time since 1995.

And, this enormous tree will need lots of ornaments -- 5,000, in fact.

So, the U.S. Forest Service is not only on the hunt for the perfect 60-foot red fir, but they're also accepting ornaments that fit the theme of "California Shines."

Ornaments must be received by Sept. 30. Email questions to Phyllis Ashmead, the ornament coordinator for the Capitol Christmas Tree, at She will know when the 5,000 limit is reached. To see the ornament criteria and other information, click here. 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

The U.S. Forest Service has provided the actual Capitol Christmas tree since 1970. This is the fourth time California has provided "The People's Tree." The tree will be harvested Nov. 5 and will be taken from Stanislaus National Forest on a 10-day tour through California before arriving in D.C. on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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