Students, families invited to make ‘Hometown for the Holidays’ ornaments for Wisconsin holiday tree

2012 Tree
2012 Capitol Rotunda Christmas tree. (WRN photo)

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — “Hometown for the Holidays” is the theme for the 2021 Capitol Holiday Tree, which will be filled with handmade ornaments from children, students and families throughout Wisconsin.

Students are invited to contribute handmade ornaments showcasing their hometowns, neighborhoods or local areas; the strength of neighbors and community, or what their hometowns or the Badger State mean to them, according to a news release from Gov. Tony Evers’ office.

“The past two years have challenged our state and our country more than we ever could have imagined, but Wisconsinites have displayed incredible resilience and we have worked together to face some of these challenges head-on,” Evers said in a letter sent to educators and students.

“When we were facing some of our toughest days, one thing remained the same — the grit and tenacity of us as people and the strength we find in community and the place we call home,” he said.

“Home means different things to all of us, and we hope this theme will help us celebrate the strength, diversity, and beauty of communities right here in Wisconsin.”

The 2021 Capitol Holiday Tree that will be on display in the Rotunda is a 32-foot balsam fir that was donated to the people of Wisconsin from the Menominee Nation. The tree was harvested from the grounds of the Menomonie Tribal Enterprise Forestry Center in Keshena.

“Hometown for the Holidays” theme ornaments should be sent by Friday, Nov. 19 to Emily Gorman, Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities and Transportation Services, 17 West Main St., Suite 119, Madison, WI 53703.

Additional information and instructions regarding the 2021 State Capitol Holiday Tree are on the state website.

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