The Huberty Family, left, welcomed the Ratliff Family to Austin to hang their ornament.
Earlier this month, Representative Huberty and his family accompanied the Ratliff Family of Humble to the Texas Capitol to present the District 127 Ornament for the Texas House Christmas Tree.
The tree is set-up and decorated in the Chamber of the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Decemberevery year, and remains there through the holiday season for visitors to enjoy.The District 127 ornament for this year was decorated by The Ratliff Family who reside in the Humble area of the district. Brock, Shelli, Nathan and Ian Ratliff said they were inspired by all the work that goes into creating Christmas magic, and chose to craft the ornament into Santa's Workshop. Santa sits atop the globe with the words Santa's Workshop across the front. The ornament includes toys like a bike, a sled, a hobby horse and a gumball machine.
"We were so honored to be asked by Representative and Mrs. Huberty to craft this year's ornament and become a part of this great State of Texas Tradition," Shelli Ratliff said. She added that "having the opportunity to go to Austin with our family and The Huberty's to place the ornament on the House Tree was such a great experience for all of us. It is a memory that our family will treasure for many years to come."
The Ratliff's ornament, along with other House District ornaments, can be viewed on the House of Representatives website at http://www.house.state.tx.us/resources/Ornament-Book-2014.pdf.
Speaker Joe Straus and his wife, Julie, invite each House member to provide a decorated ornament to showcase the distinct nature of their House district. The ornaments are all displayed on the Texas House Christmas Tree, a19-foot Virginia Pine compliments of Elves Farm in Denison, TX. It will remain on display through January 3. You can learn more about each District Ornament and the Lone Star Celebration Tree at http://www.house.state.tx.us/resources/holiday-ornaments/.