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Jill Biden Welcomes White House Yule Tree


Jill Biden Welcomes White House Yule Tree

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Despite being a pleasant holiday, Thanksgiving often plays second fiddle to the upcoming Christmas festivity for many. That’s why Christmas decorations start making appearances and adorning homes as early as the start of November. Once Thanksgiving and Black Friday conclude, the Christmas season officially kicks off until the year ends. With Thanksgiving still ahead, preparations for holiday adornments have already commenced at the White House.

Yesterday, First Lady Jill Biden graced the North Portico of the White House to welcome the arrival of the official Christmas tree for the residence. This year’s tree, an 18.5-foot Fraser fir hailing from Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina, was bestowed by Rusty and Beau Estes, the victors of the National Christmas Tree Association’s prestigious 2021 competition (marking their third victory remarkably).

Delivered to the White House in a carriage adorned with jingle bells, pulled by two Clydesdale horses named Ben and Winston, and accompanied by a musical ensemble playing beloved Christmas melodies, the tree caught the First Lady’s eye.

“It’s stunning — truly magnificent,” she remarked to the attending journalists.

The tree will grace the Blue Room throughout the festive period. As per Biden, it is customary to remove the room’s grand chandelier to accommodate the tree’s full height without obstruction.

Accompanying Biden during the tree delivery were a DC Army National Guard family consisting of Captain Maryanne Harrell, her husband Levi, and their children Levi II, Marcus, and Elliana. The First Lady’s office released a statement indicating their presence was to “commemorate the National Guard’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic” and to recognize “all National Guard families on active duty, spending these holidays apart.”

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