RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than 30 years ago, Stan Yelverton knew he could do better when he saw a sad Christmas tree decorated with foam balls covered in gold and white satin at North Carolina's Legislative Building.
Since then, he's been responsible for the building's holiday decorations. That task ended with this year's decorations and Yelverton's retirement, effective at the end of the year.
His most popular tree is the one he decorated with cardinals and bird houses and wrapped in grapevine. His favorite was his "snow tree," from about five years ago, decorated in silvers, blues and whites with mirrors on it.
He says he's going to enjoy the holidays at his own home now. For only the second time, he has a Christmas tree there.