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With Thanksgiving already a distant holiday memory for some, the first lady accepted the White House Christmas tree Friday afternoon.
While other rooms at the White House will also have trees, the 18 1/2 foot Douglas Fir will be considered the official tree having arrived on a horse drawn carriage from Leighton, Pa. This is the second time the Crystal Tree Farm has provided the White House with a tree. It also received the honor in 2006 during the Bush administration.
Crystal Tree Farm is a small family business that has been around since the 1930's, and the 17 year old Douglas Fir that will sit in the White House Blue Room has been waiting patiently for its day of honor.
The White House does not choose the tree supplier, rather the National Christmas Tree Growers Association proclaims a winner after a national competition comprised of state winners. However, White House officials did travel to Crystal Tree Farm to choose the perfect tree.
Hundreds of volunteers will spend the post-Thanksgiving weekend decorating the White House and the Blue Room Douglas Fir for the holiday season.