If you are looking to get into the Christmas Spirit, the Mission Historical Museum is the place to go. Christmas Around the World is this yearís theme for the Museumís annual Christmas Tree Decoration Contest. Several community organizations have come together to deck the museumís changing exhibition hall with their imaginative creations.

You will see trees decorated with flags of the world, illustrations of traditional costumes, and ornaments inspired by typical decorations of other countries. On one tree, handmade decorations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah and Kwanzaa as well. Another tree breaks with the custom of traditional ornaments, and is decorated with representations of sea life, both real and mythical. The earth is, after all, seventy percent ocean.

The trees will be on view in the Museum Annex through Dec. 24. The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is located at 900 Doherty (between Tom Landry Blvd. and Business 83), in Mission. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.

For further information call 956-580-8646.