Friday, November 26

White House Christmas tree arrives

The White House Christmas tree for 2010 has arrived.

The horse drawn wagon arrived at the White House to a military band playing "Oh Christmas Tree".

The Douglas Fir lay bound in the wagon as First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha looked on. The President was spotted looking on from a window while holding a compress on his still swollen lip from the injury he sustained earlier in the day.

The National Christmas Tree Association selected Crystal Spring Tree Farm to be the supplier of the White House Christmas Tree for this year.

The tree was selected by Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon, director and chief usher of the executive residence and Laura Dowling, the White House's chief floral designer from the Lehighton, Pa tree farm in September.

This is not the first tree the Crystal Spring Tree Farm has provided to the White House. Only four other tree farms have been selected more than once since the National Christmas Tree Association started bestowing the honors in 1966, the same year as Crystal Spring Tree Farm started out in business.

The Owners, Margaret and Francis Botek presented the White House Christmas tree to Laura Bush four years ago in 2006. Since then their son Chris has started to gradually take over the family business. Crystal Spring Tree Farm will have to wait and see if they will be selected a third time for 4 years. The National Christmas Tree Association will not allow them to be in the competition for four years due to there selection this year. This was the first year that they were allowed to compete since there 2006 selection.

The White House Christmas Tree will be moved to the Blue Room where it will be on display for the remainder of the 2010 Holiday season.

You can visit the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Eastern Pennsylvania by following the link to the Crystal Spring Tree Farm website or stop by the farm at 2370 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton, PA 18235

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