First Lady Accepts White House Christmas Tree From NC

Christmas has arrived in Washington.

First lady Laura Bush today received the official White House Christmas tree from a farm in North Carolina.

The tree will be set up in the Blue Room.

The tree was grown at Mistletoe Meadows Christmas Tree Farm in Laurel Springs in Ashe County. It's a 20-foot tall Fraser fir that's 13-feet wide and weighs 2,000 pounds. The trunk measures 18 inches at the base.

It's the 10th time in history a tree has been chosen from the state.

Farm owner Joe Freeman and his wife, Linda, won the honor by winning the Grand Champion title at the National Christmas Tree contest held in Portland, Ore., in 2006. They advanced to Portland by winning the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association contest.

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