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A Houston-area inventor's big idea is now supporting dozens of Christmas trees all over Washington, DC.

Every year, the traditional 75-foot Capitol Christmas Tree is accompanied by 70 smaller trees - some as tall as 25 feet - placed in various federal and Congressional offices.

And all of them are standing tall this year in tree stands designed by Harold Odom, who just returned Wednesday night from an installation trip to DC.

He claims his invention, "Standtastic," is more stable than traditional tree stands since its three braces (six for taller trees) attach to the tree trunk much higher up.

And Odom says stability is critical as America's Christmas trees get taller.

"Bigger trees," he explained, "because you've got higher rooflines, higher ceilings in the houses nowadays. And they're growing bigger trees at the nurseries."

Harold Odom gave the US government a sweetheart deal on their 70 stands. But you can get your own for as little as $50 at www.homedepot.com or www.safechristmas.com.

Odom says it's the last stand you'll ever need.

But it's certainly not the first contraption he ever invented and it probably won't be the last. Harold Odom advises other aspiring inventors to believe in their own ideas.

"Be prepared for a lot of hard work, a lot of sleepless nights, for your money to run out and for your heart to be broken," Odom said. "But don't give up on your dream."

FOX 26 News wants to hear from you if you have a great idea just begging to find its market. Email us your drawings, designs and/or descriptions at mynews@fox26.com. We'll post the best inventions on our website and maybe even show a few of them on the news!

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