Austin, Texas–Celebrating Christmas at the Texas Capitol, Jo Ann and State Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. presented the District 3 ornament that is displayed on the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol.

This year’s district ornament was decorated by Magnolia, TX native, Barry Carter. A 2010 graduate of Magnolia West High School, Carter currently attends Texas Christian University in Arlington. His artwork has been featured at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where his paintings have won first place on two separate occasions. Carter was asked to decorate the District 3 ornament in a way that showcases the unique character of the community. The hand-painted ornament features a Texas longhorn, donned with a Texas Flag, grazing in a sweeping plain under the vast, starry skies of Texas, above the signature phrase “God Bless Texas.” The Texas Flag was first stitched together in Montgomery and will be celebrating its 175th birthday January 2014. Cows still graze the grassy regions of House District 3.

“Having Barry Carter as the artist for the district ornament is an incredible opportunity for both him and our district. The finished ornament represents the talented effort of one of the most gifted young artists in Texas. Long Horn, Lone Star and God Bless Texas!” said Rep. Bell.

Background about the District Ornament Project: the district ornament project was initiated in 2009 to give all of the unique Texas communities a place on the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree in the Chamber of the Texas House of Representatives. The ornaments were placed on the tree on December 6, 2013, and will hang through January 2, 2014. The story of each ornament is displayed in an album in the House Chamber so that visitors to the Capitol may learn each ornament’s story.

The album may also be viewed online at