First lady welcomes Christmas tree

Posted: November 23, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
Updated: November 23, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.

— First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree.

Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C.

The tree arrived Saturday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House.

The first lady says the tree is “perfect.”

The fir tree comes from the farm of 2012 National Christmas Tree Association grand champion winners Rusty and Beau Estes.

Members of the association have presented the official White House Christmas tree every year since 1966.

White House Christmas tree arrives

First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters were on hand Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, to receive the White House Christmas tree from a farm in North Carolina. (By The Associated Press)
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