The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

December 11, 2013

Capitol Christmas trees have roots in county


Herald-Banner Staff

AUSTIN — The 2013 Capitol Christmas trees have their roots in Hunt County.

The trees, delivered Tuesday to the south steps of the state capitol, were grown at the McNew Star M Christmas Tree Plantation in Quinlan. The trees are seven-foot Virginia Pines.

Claudette McNew, owner of the tree plantation and president of the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association, was naturally excited have Star M selected for the honor.

“Daniel (her husband) and I are thrilled to present three beautiful, real Virginia Pine Christmas trees for Texans to enjoy throughout the holidays at our state Capitol,”  McNew said.

“It is an honor to have the State Capitol Christmas tree come from our very own House District 2,” added State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van). “The Christmas season is a time to be thankful for the blessings and opportunities we are given. What a wonderful opportunity, and honor, it is for the McNew family to provide the official, Texas-grown Christmas tree for our beautiful State Capitol.”

The trees traveled by horse drawn carriage provided by Elaine Glass of Die Gelbe Rose Carriage to the capitol. The trees were then delivered to the House, Senate, and the Office of the Governor.

Patsy Spaw, Secretary of the Texas Senate, and Julie Straus, wife of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, were on hand as McNew delivered the trees.