The Schroeders, who have a Christmas tree farm about 90 miles southwest of Green Bay, won the honor to present their tree to the First Lady after winning a national Christmas tree contest given by the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA).
This marks the 46th tree presented by a member of the NCTA. The 18 1/2 foot Balsam fir, which can take s long as 15 years to grow, will grace the Blue Room of the White House where it will serve as the centerpiece of the White House Christmas decorations.
Last year’s tree, a Douglas fir, was delivered courtesy of Christopher Botek of Pennsylvania.
First Lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha were on hand to accept the delivery, as was White House dog, Bo.
“Bo, do you like the tree?”, asked the First Lady.
After sniffing around the horse-drawn carriage that delivered the tree up to the North Portico of the White House, it was clear that the tree met Bo’s approval.
The tree was acceptable to the First Lady and daughters as well.
“Happy Holidays”, said the First Lady to the media attended, as she waved and headed back into the White House.
The F irst Lady will invite military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House to view its decorations. This year, a special Gold Star Christmas tree decorated by Gold Star families will be displayed at the visitor’s entrance on the East Wing Landing. The theme of this year’s Blue Room Christmas Tree will be honoring Blue Star families.
About the NCTA
The NCTA was founded in 1955 and represents about 4,500 people involved in the production and sale of real Christmas trees. NCTA provides industry educational progams as well as consumer product info. The vision is to have a real Christmas tree in every family’s Christmas celebration. Visit realchristmastrees.org for more info.
See also www.RealChristmasTrees.org, and www.treesfortroops.org.