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Branching out: a unique festive exhibition opens in Ventura County with an All-American theme

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
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Over 60 trees decorated in themes to reflect the states and territories are on display from Friday at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley

With the holidays around the corner, maybe you’re thinking about decorating your tree?

Well, how's this for Christmas festivities with an American flavor.

Over 60 Christmas trees decorated in themes to represent each US state and territory.

"It's a really fun history lesson and beautifully decorated trees, " said Melissa Giller from the Ronald Reagan Library, where the exhibition starts on Friday.

There’s also a chance to see rarely seen items from the late former President’s tree.

"We have a White House tree, which is a tree decorated as it was from the Reagan White House years," said Giller. "And for the first time ever we have a spectacular tree decorated by the ornaments that Governor and Mrs. Reagan and President and Mrs. Reagan used to decorate their own tree in their house."

An American Christmas Story at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley runs Nov 11 to January 8.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.