The decorating process is already underway.
While Thanksgiving is a perfectly nice holiday, for many people, it’s not much more than “the one that’s not Christmas.” This is why you can usually see Christmas decorations for sale and even on some houses as soon as the beginning of November. As soon as Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over, it’s officially Christmas until the end of the year. Thanksgiving hasn’t even come yet, but they’re already getting started on the decorating up in the White House.
Yesterday, First Lady Jill Biden appeared at the North Portico of the White House to receive the delivery of the official Christmas tree for the office. This year’s tree is a 18.5-foot Fraser fir harvested from Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina. The tree was presented by Rusty and Beau Estes, the champions of the National Christmas Tree Association’s 2021 contest (for the third time, impressively).
The tree was delivered to the White House atop a jingle bell-adorned carriage pulled by two Clydesdale horses named Ben and Winston, accompanied by a full band belting out some classic Christmas tunes. After a quick once-over, the First Lady confirmed the quality of the tree.
“It’s beautiful — it’s magnificent, actually,” she told reporters.
First lady Jill Biden kicked off the holiday season in the nation's capital on Monday by accepting delivery of the official White House Christmas tree. https://t.co/Ui6gYH89Fe
— ABC News (@ABC) November 23, 2021
The tree will be on display for the duration of the holiday season in the Blue Room. According to Biden, it’s a regular practice to remove the Blue Room’s large chandelier to allow the Christmas tree to stand up to its full height unhindered.
Biden was joined by a DC Army National Guard family at the tree delivery, including Captain Maryanne Harrell, her husband Levi, and children Levi II, Marcus, and Elliana. According to a statement from her office, they were present to “honor the role of the National Guard in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” as well as to honor “all the National Guard families who are activated and spending these holidays apart.”