Christmas ornament contest announced

Published 6:25 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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The Lunenburg County Historical Society is partnering with the Lunenburg County Administration Office in a contest for Christmas tree decorations to be placed on the tree in the Virginia Governor’s Mansion.

It is the hope that each county in the commonwealth – as well as cities and towns – will be represented on the tree by a locally-crafted ornament.  That includes Lunenburg County.

With the health and safety of all in mind this year, the Executive Mansion will not be physically hosting a holiday open house as in the past.

Please visit or follow @FirstLadyVA on Facebook and Twitter to see the ornaments featured throughout the season.

Residents are invited to share local pride and holiday spirit by submitting a handmade ornament.  Each county may submit one hand-crafted ornament that uniquely represents its community. The guidelines for making and submitting ornaments are below:

  • The Executive Mansion suggests a depiction of some unique feature that is specific to the community, such as a historic home, a noted person, a natural feature, an animal or plant from the region, etc., with the understanding the overall theme this year will be “Home for the Holidays.”
  • The Executive Mansion prefers hand-made ornaments as opposed to purchased ornaments.
  • The Executive Mansion has asked to keep the ornament for future use.
  • Examples of materials that could be used for creating the ornament include clay, glass, shells, fabric, wood, found objects, and objects from nature.
  • The ornament should be no larger than 6 inches in any dimension.
  • Please, no battery operated ornaments or any weighing more than 1.5 ounces or they will not be able to be displayed on the trees.
  • The finished ornament should include the name of the locality, year and artist on the back or bottom.
  • The creator of the ornament should reside in or near the locality.
  • Completed ornaments should be submitted for judging to the Lunenburg County Administration Office no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 2.