Walking into former President George W. Bush’s presidential center could soon bring a sense of deja vu.
There, in the heart of the building, will be the same Christmas decorations — all to illustrate the theme “All Things Bright and Beautiful” — that decorated the White House in 2005.
Each year, the presidential center recreates the theme from one of the years George W. and Laura Bush were in the White House.
This year’s display — which features an 18-foot Christmas tree decked out with more than 500 lilies, glass bead garlands and crystal balls — was inspired by a 19th-century English hymn that became the title of James Herriot’s book.
The fresh plants, fruits and flowers show “how beautiful nature is and how many things we can use from our own gardens or woods” for the holiday, Laura Bush said at the time.
This exhibit will be open to the public Nov. 16-Jan. 7.
To honor both retired and active military members, Texans may go to any of the state’s parks for free on Sunday.
“We give thanks to the service that veterans and active military personnel have dedicated to our country,” said Brent Leisure, director of state parks for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We hope that Texans everywhere will make Texas State Parks part of their celebration this Veteran’s Day.”
A full list of state parks in Texas can be found online at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks.
Regular camping and special activity fees will still be in effect.
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Animal lovers: there’s a new way to support your favorite pet in the Texas Legislature.
There now is a statewide political action committee — the Texas Humane Legislation Network PAC — geared to promote humane legislation through pro-animal political candidates in Texas.
“Now we can work year-round to ensure we are sending more animal-friendly voices to Austin and electing a more humane-minded Legislature,” said Laura Donahue, executive director of the network. “Through the ballot box, we aim to send our champions back to Austin in 2019 and make re-election tougher for our incumbent obstructionist lawmakers.”