White House Christmas Tree Arrives

Nov 30, 2008 3:31pm

ABC News’ Vija Udenans Reports: The 20-foot White House Christmas tree arrived by a 2-horse drawn carriage at the North Portico of the White House and was met by First Lady Laura Bush Sunday afternoon .

The official White House Christmas tree will be decorated and displayed in the Blue Room with decorations provided by artists around the country.

Mrs. Bush, wearing a red coat and holding an umbrella, said that while this is the first event of the season, she would reveal the theme of this year’s decorations on Wednesday .

The North Carolina grown Fraser fir was selected by the chief usher in October from River Ridge Tree Farms in Creston, North Carolina; This being the 11th time the blue room Christmas tree has come from North Carolina.

President Bush did not venture out in the rainy weather to see the arrival, but his spokesperson said "he’s looking forward to the holidays".

The National Christmas Tree Association has presented a tree to the White House every year since 1966, when Lyndon Johnson was president.

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