"Texas for Christmas Next Year!" by Jody Johnson

"Texas for Christmas Next Year! While undecorating my Texas Tree - one of the eight trees I decorate in my home during the Christmas season, I found myself looking forward to and planning for next year. My Texas tree is decorated with historical, beautifully designed Texas Capitol Christmas Ornaments. The first edition was issued in 1996, and I have ordered each new edition every year. (They are $18.00 each). These unique ornaments adorn my Texas Tree in addition to bandanna ribbons, metal Texas Flag garlands, rope garland, blue and red wooden star ornaments, cotton bolls gathered fresh each year, and Texas flags strategically placed in the top of the tree.

My favorite ornament is the 1998 Edition - the Lone Star Flag. I always place it front and center on the tree.

As I gently packed these treasures away today, I had the idea to give Texas gifts next year. I made notes in the November section of my new 2013 calendar to remind myself to shop at the Texas State Capitol Gift Shop...online, of course! A wide variety of Christmas ornaments are offered...the Capitol Christmas ornaments - beginning with 1996 - come in sturdy, attractive boxes with historical information about each ornament included. After I decorate my tree, I place the empty boxes under the tree!

I was pleased to discover today that there is another group of ornaments available - the "Keep Texas Beautiful" ornaments, editions 1-9, so far. They are stunning! (They sell for $19.00 each) My favorite and the first one I will order for myself and for Christmas gifts will be Edition 7 featuring the Monarch Butterfly, the Texas state insect. It is beautiful and oh so unique. I must have it for my tree...who knows, I may have to have an additional Texas Tree next year.

There are also cloisonne ornaments, hand-painted ornaments, Texas Flag ornaments, Lone Star Texas ornaments, God Bless Texas ornaments, Merry Texmas ornaments, and western ornaments ranging from $5 and up. Many other unique Texas gift items are offered. Check out the Texas State Capitol Gift shop at www.texascapitolgiftshop.com.

I'm going to make Christmas 2013 a TEXAS Christmas!

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