MARY REICHARD, HOST: President Trump and first lady Melania received this year’s White House Christmas tree on Monday. It was the first time that a president has accompanied the First Lady for this duty.
The Marine band played Christmas carols and a horse-drawn carriage delivered the tree.
The tree once stood in the North Carolina mountains. Larry Smith owns the tree farm and he says the selection of the tree is a “Cinderella story.”
You see, Larry Smith’s family has grown trees since 1977. He said he didn’t think much of this particular one. He hadn’t trimmed it in a couple of years and had—in his words—“basically abandoned it.”
He thought the two White House officials who visited his farm would choose a different tree.
But the 20-foot Mountain Top Fraser Fir now stands in the Blue Room of the White House.
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