November 23rd, 2012
04:29 PM ET
10 years ago

'Tis the season at the White House

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia and dog Bo, received the official White House Christmas tree Friday.

The 19-foot Fraser Fir will be on display in the Blue Room throughout the holiday season, according to the White House. The tree was selected in October and harvested this month from a farm in North Carolina.

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"It's gorgeous. It is perfect. It's exactly what we need. Malia said it's got the right point at the top," said the first lady. "So we're gonna take it. I think we're good."

Last year, there were 37 Christmas trees throughout the White House. The largest, an 18-foot 6-inch Balsam Fir from Wisconsin, also stood in the Blue Room. Last year's tree was decorated with holiday cards made by military children along with medals, badges and patches representing the branches of the military.

This year, military families will be the first to see the 2012 holiday decorations. The official tree in the Blue Room will pay tribute to those serving in the military and will feature decorations by children living on U.S. Military bases around the world, according to information released by the White House.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. 1608

    That's what I want to read. A Christmas tree...

    November 23, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Steve

    Muslims celebrate Christmas, who knew?

    November 23, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Norma Vessels

    A lovely tradition. Looks so warm there, too.

    November 23, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. MarieMD

    I wonder how many of the haters will say that the President's shouldn't be wasting their time on a Christmas tree because after all it's a tradition, just like pardoning the turkeys, but why do they have to do it?

    November 23, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Marla

    I'm always proud when i see our beautiful First Family.

    November 23, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. scrapper

    You mean it isn't a HOLIDAY tree. What a surprise!!!

    November 23, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. ST

    I adore this family very much. They get engaged in everything as a family. Even their dog "Bo" is not left behind and knows its Christmas time, time to celebrate together.

    November 24, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Just a thought

    God Bless the First Family and God Bless the United States of America

    November 24, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |