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State officials are asking Oregonians to help make thousands of Christmas ornaments.

The ornaments will be used to decorate the national Christmas tree this year, which will come from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest and will be sent to Washington, D.C.

The tree, from the Sweet Home Ranger District, will appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, officials say.

70 other smaller companion trees will accompany the larger tree to the nation’s capital and appear in offices. Oregonians are invited to help create at least 10,000 ornaments to adorn the trees.

The Oregon State Capitol will host three ornament creation events throughout September and October. The events are free and will feature ornament-making stations with ideas and supplies.

Residents may also create ornaments at home and drop them off at the Oregon State Capitol building. All homemade ornaments must be received by 2 p.m. on Oct. 6.

People making homemade ornaments must follow specifications posted to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website.

The in-person ornament creation events will occur: Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Multicultural Day at the Capitol) Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Oregon Pioneer’s 80th Birthday party) Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Oregon’s Bounty)This isn’t the first year the Capitol Christmas Tree has come from Oregon. In 2002, the Capitol Tree came from the Umpqua National Forest.

The theme for this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative is “Find Your Trail”.

The theme commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, according to officials.

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