Indiana Statehouse Gets New Holiday Decorations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana Statehouse is getting a new holiday look that moves away from ornaments made by schoolchildren in favor of a more professional approach.
 
The 30-foot-tall Christmas trees decorated in the past with ornaments made by schoolchildren ended up only partially decorated because the kids couldn't reach most of the higher branches.
 
State Archivist Jim Corridan tells WISH-TV the incomplete decoration job left Indiana's Christmas tree “not quite up to par with most of the other states.''
 
State Sen. Richard Young suggested a change. First Lady Karen Pence approved the new approach because she says “there was a lot we could do differently.''
 
Trained decorators have now taken over and seven smaller trees will be erected in the Statehouse to complement a 12-foot wreath paid for with private donations.