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Melania Trump Will Take In White House Christmas Tree Early

Melania Trump Will Take In White House Christmas Tree Early

The National Christmas Tree Association selected husband and wife Diane Chapman and Jim Chapman, and their son and business partner, David Chapman, to present the tree to the first lady.

Barron Trump, the 12-year-old first son and one of the few people in President Donald Trump's orbit not accused of colluding with Russian Federation, made a rare appearance Monday outside the White House. But the First Lady is expected to be down in Mar-a-Lago on Friday along with President Donald Trump, so the ceremony is being moved up to accommodate the family's schedule.

The Chapman family, winners of the National Christmas Tree contest, presented the tree to the First Family.

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The 19 1/2-foot Balsam fir will go on display in the White House Blue Room.

The Chapmans own Silent Night Evergreens, but didn't have a tree that met the height requirements for the White House. This season, the fir tree arrived to the doors of the White House in a horse-drawn carriage to the sound of holiday carols sung by a quartet.

Indeed, former presidents have not always spent Thanksgiving at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, with George W. Bush visiting the troops in Baghdad, Iraq, on Thanksgiving in 2003, and other presidents including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton making visits to homeless shelters as part of their Thanksgiving traditions.