President, first lady receive White House Christmas tree

President, first lady receive White House Christmas tree
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Nov. 19 (UPI) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump received the delivery of the White House Christmas tree Monday afternoon.

The Trumps from the front door of the White House at about 1:12 p.m. to take part in the ceremony as they greeted the horse-drawn carriage carrying the tree.

Donald Trump was joined by the first lady for the ceremony although the president doesn’t typically make an appearance. Their 12-year-old son Barron Trump was absent after attending last year.

The tree is a 19-and-a-half-foot tall Mountain Top Fraser Fir from Newland, N.C., nurtured by Larry Smith, the National Christmas Tree Association said in a statement.

Smith was named grand champion in the National Christmas Tree Association’s Christmas tree contest last summer, earning him the opportunity to present a Christmas tree to the White House.

“I feel as though I have finally won the Super Bowl. It’s a great honor to represent the Christmas tree industry by providing the official White House Christmas tree in 2018,” Smith said.

The tree will be put on display in the Blue Room of the White House for the holiday season.

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