WASHINGTON – Melania Trump and Barron, her son by President Donald Trump, on Monday took delivery at the White House of the huge Christmas tree that will stand within the presidential residence over the coming holidays.
The first lady and Barron were on hand for the delivery of the tree, grown in Wisconsin, at the north entrance to the White House as the tree was brought up in a wagon pulled by a horse.
The 19½-foot Balsam fir was selected to be this year’s White House Christmas tree in a contest held by the National Christmas Tree Association, as it has done every year since 1966 to choose the best tree to be placed in the Blue Room of the residence.
Mrs. Trump thanked the members of the Chapman family, the owners of the Silent Night Evergreens farm, for presenting the tree to the First Family, although it was not grown on their farm.
Since the Barack Obama family moved out of the White House in January, this will be the first Christmas in eight years at which Michelle Obama and assorted family members did not take delivery of the tree.
A band announced the first lady’s arrival and departure from the event, which precedes the decoration of the White House for the Christmas holidays.
Traditionally, a huge decorated and lighted Christmas tree is also installed on the National Mall, the grassy lawn which stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol, and along which many of the city’s great museums stand.