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First lady welcomes White House Christmas tree


Nov. 23, 2012: First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha, second from right, Malia, right, and first dog Bo, smells the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., upon its delivery at the North Portico of the White House. (AP)

First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree.

Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C.

The tree arrived Saturday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House.

The first lady says the tree is "perfect."

The fir tree comes from the farm of 2012 National Christmas Tree Association grand champion winners Rusty and Beau Estes.

Members of the association have presented the official White House Christmas tree every year since 1966.