Decorate the Tree!

The Carson National Forest is providing one large tree for the West Lawn and 70+ smaller companion trees to adorn offices throughout Washington, DC for the 2019 holiday season. That means a lot of decorations! There will be opportunities throughout the year to help reach our goal of providing 10,000 handmade ornaments from New Mexico. Opportunities will be listed on the website here and on Facebook in the coming months. 


Following is the criteria for large and small ornaments.
All ornaments must be packed and mailed or delivered to the Carson National Forest by October 1, 2019.

3,500 Large Ornaments:  These will decorate the outdoor U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in 2019. Ornaments should be made from lightweight, durable materials such as wood, metals or recycled materials. They should be 9 to 12 inches in size, colorful, reflective and weatherproof to withstand snow, rain and ice.

6,500 Small Ornaments: These ornaments will decorate the indoor trees throughout federal buildings. Ornaments should be 4 to 6 inches, lightweight and colorful.

Suggested Themes

  • Smokey Bear 75th Birthday - Smokey with birthday hat, face, fire prevention messages
  • Mi Casa es su Casa - Adobe house with “Mi Casa es su Casa” stencil 6.
  • Christmas - Christmas-colored ornaments, Santa, reindeer, etc.
  • Christmas in New Mexico - Images that reflect New Mexico Christmas (luminarias, tamales, posole, bischochitos, etc.)
  • Celebrating Outdoor New Mexico - Things that represent public lands in New Mexico, such as mountains, lakes, rivers, trees, flowers, wildlife, pinecones, animal tracks, wood cookies, etc.
  • Celebrating the Cultures of New Mexico - Images that reflect the culture and heritage of New Mexico (red and green chile, N.M. state flag, ranching, hot air balloons, UFOs, aliens, atomic energy, roadrunner, yucca, items that represent each region of the state, etc.)
  • Upcycled - Ornaments made from upcycled materials such as CDs, puzzle pieces, etc.

Mailing Address:
Attn: Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments Carson National Forest,
208 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM 87571

For more information, contact: Leeann Murphy @ 575.758.6212 or Amanda Salazar @ 575.587.2255 (USDA Carson National Forest)



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