Friday, November 27, 2009

White House Christmas Tree Arrives Nov. 27

Update: Obamas to spend Christmas in Hawaii. Watch the Obama girls talk about Christmas here.

Today, the White House Christmas Tree arrives.
The West Virginia Douglas-fir will be presented to Michelle Obama. The White House floral department will decorate the tree, which will sit pretty in the Blue Room. Watch a video about the history of the White House Christmas tree.
A beautiful Douglas-fir from Shepherdstown, W.V., will be the official White House Christmas Tree this year.
The Blue Room Christmas Tree will be officially presented to First Lady Michelle Obama by Christmas Tree growers Eric and Gloria Sundback. The Sundbacks earned this honor by winning the National Christmas Tree Association's (NCTA) national Christmas Tree contest held in August 2009 in Chattanooga, Tenn., and becoming Grand Champion.
The Blue Room Christmas Tree was handpicked by Director of the Executive Residence and White House Chief Usher Stephen Rochon and Superintendent of Grounds Dale Haney on Oct. 20, 2009. The tree, which was planted by the Sundbacks in 1996, will be cut in late November and sent to
Washington, D.C. Eric and Gloria are no strangers to the White House Christmas experience. This will be the fourth time that the couple has won the contest and presented a tree to the First Lady. “It is always an exciting time and it is interesting to meet all the First Ladies,” Gloria says. More here.