The Kootenai Forest in the great State of Montana is providing the 79-foot tall 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree, and Missoula, Montana's very own Washington Corporations is responsible for the creation of a new star to top this year's tree. Astonishingly, this is the first new star since 1972, which also happens to be the first star from any state supplying a tree.
Close up and personal, the star is gorgeous, with extra shine from copper framing each point. The featured copper is a nod to Montana's illustrious copper mining history centred in Butte, America, as it used to be known. Standing 5 feet tall and weighing in the neighborhood of 40 pounds, the star meets size restrictions instructed by the office of the Architect of the Capitol.
Click here for real-time tracking of the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree and here for photos as it journeys east. (Perhaps it should follow the star?)
Or you could stop in at Paducah, KY, next Wednesday, November 22, to see the tree en route and join in the city's multiple related festivities. (And visit the gorgeous National Quilt Museum - I kid you not! - while you're there!)
Before the homegrown star begins its big journey, you can see it live at Missoula's Southgate Mall this Wednesday, November 15, from 6-8:00 PM Mountain Time.
To watch the lighting ceremony, tune in to a major TV station or internet livestream on Wednesday, December 5, 2017, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
(Apparently, Wednesdays are a good day for starlight!)
In any case, I hope you're inspired to let your very own little light shine!