Paint coated the tables as dozens of decorators of all ages gathered at the Taos Youth and Family Center Friday (Feb. 23) to send their creativity to Washington D.C. in the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree decoration event.

For the first time since 2005, New Mexico forests were selected to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree as well as 70 other smaller trees to be placed in federal buildings around the country. Taos County has not had a tree honored since 1991.

“It’s just a cool opportunity to highlight New Mexico and, in this case, Northern New Mexico and Taos County,” said Forest Service Project Manager Ricardo Martinez.

Martinez is in charge of selecting the tree to honor New Mexico in Washington D.C.

Children and adults gathered to paint their ornaments to send off and the group made nearly 100 ornaments in the first event. Martinez said there would be more events in the future and more opportunities to get creative folks involved with the process.

A total of 10,000 ornaments will be needed to send to D.C. and community members have the opportunity to showcase New Mexico’s artistic talents.

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