Melania Trump welcomes this year's White House Christmas tree
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE and son Barron Trump on Monday welcomed this year's official White House Christmas tree, a decades-long tradition that signals the start of the holiday season at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Chapman family of Wisconsin presented the Trumps with the 19-and-a-half-foot-tall Balsam fir.

As part of the welcoming ceremony, a traditional horse-drawn carriage pulled the massive tree up to the White House doors. 

The fir will be decorated and displayed in the Blue Room.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's director of communications, shared a photo of the tree being set up in the Blue Room shortly after ceremony concluded.


Christmas tree growers Jim, David and Diane Chapman were selected to present the tree after winning the 2017 national tree contest hosted by the National Christmas Tree Association. The contest has been a White House tradition since 1966.

"We are so honored to be selected again as the National Grand Champion! Being a guest of the White House should only be a dream for small farmers like us, and we are very excited about our trip to Washington," Diane Chapman said in a statement.

The Chapman family, which runs the Silent Night Evergreens tree farm, also received the honor of presenting the White House with its official Christmas trees in 1998 and 2003.

President Trump and his family are scheduled to travel to Florida on Tuesday celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago.