November 20, 2017 06:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - First Lady Melania Trump welcomed the official White House Christmas tree on Monday, a time-honored tradition carried on by the first lady every year.
Mrs. Trump on Monday accepted a 19-and-a-half-foot Balsam fir from Wisconsin that White House officials picked out in September.
Jim and Diane Chapman, owners of a central Wisconsin Christmas tree farm, won an annual contest by the National Christmas Tree Association and got to present the tree while a quartet played holiday tunes as the horse-drawn wagon bearing the tree pulled up the White House driveway.
Following the first lady and son Barron's symbolic approval, the tree was to be taken to the Blue Room, where it will become the holiday showpiece for a president who has vowed to put Christmas back in the center of the winter holidays.
Created: November 20, 2017 06:08 PM
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