One of the best times to visit your Texas State Capitol is during the holidays. Each year, the Capitol is decorated for Christmas. The Texas House of Representatives is especially nice because we feature a large, Texas-grown Christmas Tree that is decorated with ornaments from each of the 150 House Districts. This year, the ornament for House District 43 (Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg and San Patricio Counties) was decorated by the Beeville Art Museum staff.

I was tremendously excited to have the Beeville Art Museum design our district ornament. The district 43 ornament features a unique spin on the classic holiday ornament. A traditional handmade doily base is augmented with various paints, markers, trim and paper. The ornament shines with a gold and white color design and a distinct trimming around the hanging attachment. The Beeville Art Museum wanted the hand-crafted ornament to represent the district's many artistic citizens. The Beeville Art Museum is a great cultural and educational resource in our district. The museum exhibits works by some of the state's most renowned artists, along with art from private collections and major museums across Texas.

We are so fortunate to have such a beautifully designed and meaningful ornament representing our part of South Texas. The Beeville Art Museum's creation is a highlight of this year's Christmas Tree. I encourage everybody to visit the Beeville Art Museum and if you're interested in coming to see the ornament in the Capitol, the House Christmas Tree will be on display through January 2, 2017.