Nature was inspiration for ornament

With the help of her mother Lindy Cabler, 13-year-old Lindy Spiegel designed and made a Christmas ornament that was the last to be hung on the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

The maker of the ornament that made it, just barely, to the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is a fan of the rough-and-tumble landscape behind the Bookcliffs.

Lindy Spiegel, a 13-year-old seventh grader at East Middle School, fashioned some parts from second-hand stores into an ornament that was placed on the Capitol Christmas tree even as dignitaries were speaking.

The travels of her ornament were described in the Christmas morning Daily Sentinel, which her mom, Linda Cabler, saw soon after the family opened gifts.

Lindy’s ornament, about the size of a basketball, took an unusual route to the Christmas tree. It went from the Grand Junction Vistor and Convention Bureau offices to Maureen McElroy, special-events coordinator for the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree, then to a reception for U.S. Forest Service officials, and then to the front of the line of people waiting to see the tree lit up in holiday finery.

George Rollins, tree surgeon supervisor for the Office of the Capitol Architect, hung the ornament on the tree moments before the switch was thrown to illuminate its lights and ornaments.

Lindy and Cabler visited second-hand stores searching out the makings of the ornament, which features words such as “camping,” “skiing,” and other Colorado outdoor activities.

A teddy bear sits atop the ornament.

For now, she’s more of a volleyball player, Lindy said, but the Colorado outdoors still looms large.

“I like going behind Mount Garfield and hiking the trails,” she said, remembering she saw wild mustangs on the hike.

News of the ornament’s travels was a surprise, Cabler said.

“We never expected to see or hear of it again.”


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