(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama accepted delivery of a 19-foot Wisconsin-grown balsam fir Friday, which will stand in the Blue Room as the centerpiece of the White House’s annual Christmas display.
The 18-year-old pine was hauled by horse-drawn wagon up the White House driveway to the North Portico, where the first lady, daughters Sasha and Malia, and first dog Bo waited as a military brass ensemble played Christmas carols nearby.
“It’s very large,” said Malia, as the family walked around the tree.
“It’s beautiful,” said Michelle Obama, who donned a gray cardigan, patterned skirt and knee-high boots.
Growers Tom and Sue Schroeder of Neenah, Wis., also accompanied the Obamas for the tree’s arrival. The couple won the National Christmas Tree Association annual championship in August and the honor of donating the White House tree.
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