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Holiday Traditions at the Capitol
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 12/12/2013 Views: 1473  Impressions: 7694
Categories: Politics



The holiday season is well underway. Cities in Delta, Fannin, and Grayson Counties have decorated their streets and are hosting Christmas events such as parades and holiday concerts. Likewise, at the Capitol in Austin preparations for the holiday season have begun. The Capitol halls are adorned with decorations, and several traditional Christmas trees, including one in the House Chamber, welcome visitors to the Capitol. Throughout the holiday season, school children come to sing and perform under the Capitol dome. This year, the 20-foot Virginia Pine in the House Chamber was supplied by Elves Farm in Denison, Texas. Elves Farm also supplied the House Chamber's 2011 and 2012 Christmas trees.
Each year members of the Texas House are invited to share a visual representation of what makes their district special. For the last several years, these creative works - in the form of ornaments - have decorated the tree that stands in the House Chamber during the holiday season. This year, the ornament from District 62, which encompasses all of Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties, was painted by artist Beth Hubbert, art teacher at Neblett Elementary in Sherman. It is painted in the manner of a woven tapestry, and shows how many individual threads can create a strong cloth. The ornament celebrates the diversity and unity of the three counties.
The tree will be on display from December 4 through January 3. All ornaments are photographed and descriptions of their individual significance are compiled into an album so that visitors to the House Chamber and House website can enjoy each ornament's unique story.
My staff and I wish everyone a joyful Christmas and happy holiday season. For more information regarding any matter of state government, please contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us. My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.




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