Trump, first lady accept official White House Christmas tree

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have received the official White House Christmas tree.

The 19½-foot (6-meter) tall Fraser fir was grown on a farm owned by Larry Smith of Newland, North Carolina. Strains of “O Christmas Tree” played Monday as horses pulled a wagon carrying the tree up the White House driveway to the North Portico.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to invited guests during a ceremony to receive the White House Christmas Tree, presented by tree grower Larry Smith and the Smith family at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to invited guests during a ceremony to receive the White House Christmas Tree, presented by tree grower Larry Smith and the Smith family at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The White House Christmas Tree, presented to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump by the Smith family of the Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, N.C., arrives on a horse-drawn carriage on the North Lawn driveway of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The White House Christmas Tree, presented to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump by the Smith family of the Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, N.C., arrives on a horse-drawn carriage on the North Lawn driveway of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: A horse drawn carriage delivers a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: A horse drawn carriage delivers a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Larry Smith
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive the White House Christmas Tree, at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Larry Smith
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive the White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Larry Smith
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive the White House Christmas Tree, at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to invited guests during a ceremony to receive the White House Christmas Tree, presented by tree grower Larry Smith and the Smith family at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The White House Christmas Tree, presented to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump by the Smith family of the Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, N.C., arrives on a horse-drawn carriage on the North Lawn driveway of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: A horse drawn carriage delivers a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Larry Smith
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Larry Smith
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Larry Smith

The Trumps walked around wagon to inspect the tree before going back inside the White House.

The fir is headed for the Blue Room, where it will become the centerpiece of Christmas at the White House. Volunteers spend the weekend after Thanksgiving decorating the mansion.

Smith’s Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm provided the tree after winning the National Christmas Tree Association’s annual contest.

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