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Friday, November 23, 2012

The White House Christmas Tree Arrived Today

As tradition, the White House Christmas tree made its arrival the day after Thanksgiving Day. A 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina that was selected in early October and harvested this month, made its way to the North Portico of the White House by way of a wagon pulled by two Clydesdale horses.

The first ladies of the White House survey the traditional White House Christmas tree, delivered today.  Photo/CD Brown.
As the military band played the traditional 'Oh, Christmas Tree' song, the first lady and daughters Sasha and Malia made their way from the front of the White House to join them.

The trio looked darling as they strolled out with family dog, Bo (appearing to be startled by the snorting of the Clydesdales), led by Sasha who was wearing a mixed horizontal striped dress of blue, beige and black print with black stockings adorned with matching circles. Her older sister, Malia, opted for a gray skit and two-toned beige and burgundy sweater with gray leggings and brown ankle boots that we saw the day before as she helped her dad pardon the Thanksgiving Day turkey.

The White House christmas tree being delivered.  Photo/CD Brown.
"Happy Thanksgiving", said Mrs. Obama as she waved to the press. Mrs. Obama wore a burgundy, paisley printed skirt and belted cardigan with black, suede over-the-knee boots.

The trio rounded the carriage to survey the tree, with mom giving her traditional thumbs-up suggesting that the tree was just right.

"We can have Christmas now", she said.

The tree, originating from Peak Farms in Ashe County, North Carolina – the farm of 2012 National Christmas Tree Association Grand Champion winners Rusty and Beau Estes, will be displayed throughout the holiday season in the Blue Room of the White House.

Members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room each year since 1966.

Next week the first lady will welcome military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.

This year’s Blue Room Christmas tree pays tribute to the courageous service of the U.S. armed forces. The tree will feature ornaments decorated by children living on U.S. Military Bases all over the world.

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