White House Christmas Tree Arrives

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Malia, Sasha, and first dog Bo joined the First Lady Michelle Obama to welcome the official White House Christmas tree this morning.

The 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Ashe County, N.C., was brought in on a wagon by two Clydesdale horses driven by two men donning top hats and red bow ties, while the Marine Band played "Oh Christmas Tree."

Mrs. Obama leaned over briefly to smell the tree, while the girls examined it, stopping momentarily to feel the top needles. The first lady gave her approval with a thumbs up, saying it's "I's a go. We're good. We can have Christmas now?"

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The tree, which was selected in early October and harvested this month, will be placed on display in the Blue Room throughout the holiday season.

Farm owners Rusty and Beau Estes are this year's grand champion winners of the National Christmas Tree Association, which has provided the White House tree each year since 1966.

The Associated Press contributed to this report