White House Christmas Tree Arrives

Nov 27, 2009 3:47pm

ABC News' Yunji de Nies reports: The First Lady and First Tweens were on hand this afternoon to accept the White House Christmas tree.  As is tradition on the day after Thanksgiving, the tree arrived via a horse-drawn carriage at the doors of the North Portico, as a band played “O Christmas Tree.”  Mrs. Obama and her daughters walked outside to greet the 18½  foot Douglas-fir and the couple who grew it, Eric and Gloria Sundback. The Sundbacks, both in their 80s, have been Christmas tree farmers in West Virginia for over 50 years.   This is their fourth delivery to the White House; they have previously given trees to the Carters and the Reagans. More on the Sundbacks HERE.
The First Lady looked over the tree, then invited the Sundbacks inside for tea.  Afterwards, they spoke briefly with reporters, calling the experience “wonderful.” “She’s [Mrs. Obama] charming.  We had a nice tea with her and the children are wonderful.  I was glad they could come out,” Mr. Sundback said. His wife agreed. “After all, this is a celebration that is family-oriented.  The First Family certainly is family oriented, regardless of politics,” she said. FLOTUS Fashion Watch: Mrs. Obama wore black slacks, a burgundy and green plaid blouse, burgundy cardigan, and a large red belt. — Yunji de Nies

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