When some retailers in the Treasure Valley already have Christmas lights out on their shelves, you know it's no too early to talk about the season!

According to the Idaho Statesman, the tree that will go up on the U.S. Capitol lawn in Washington D.C. this December is coming from the Payette National Forest. Keeping with tradition, that means the big wigs in D.C. are looking for an elementary school student from the tree's home state to help flip the switch and light the tree.

Your child could be the one to do it!  There's a contest called "An Idaho Mountain Gem" running through the Capitol Christmas Tree website for students in grades 1-6.  Students may submit an essay, song, video, drawing, painting, photograph, ornament or sculpture that highlights not just Idaho and the spirit of the season, but the importance of national forests like the Payette.

Kids have through September 30th to enter the contest HERE.  If chosen, they'll fly to the Capitol tree lighting sometime during the week of December 5th.