PHOTOS: 26-foot-tall Christmas tree arrives at Texas House

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas House will reopen on Tuesday with the arrival of the annual Christmas tree.

The Chamber has been closed since April for renovations. Around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday a 26-foot-tall tree that has traveled from Denison, Texas will be moved inside the Chambers.

The tree was grown from Marshall Cathey’s farm. Members of the House and their families will adorn the tree with lights and ornaments on Friday as a part of the District Ornament Project.

Julie Straus, the wife of the Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, started the project back in 2009 as a way for districts to reflect their character. The donated ornaments come together to decorate the tree and unite communities. There will be a map in front of the tree showing where each ornament came from.

“The distinct character and diversity of Texas are reflected in these ornaments,” Julie Straus said. “Each ornament tells a story about a unique part of our state. I hope Texans will visit the Capitol during the holidays and see how their home communities are represented on the House Christmas tree.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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