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US First Lady Receives Official White House Evergreen

Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo welcomes the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., Nov. 23, 2012.Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo welcomes the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., Nov. 23, 2012.
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Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo welcomes the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., Nov. 23, 2012.
Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo welcomes the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., Nov. 23, 2012.
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the official White House Christmas tree Friday - an annual day-after-Thanksgiving tradition.

Mrs. Obama inspected the tree with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo, after it was delivered on a horse-drawn carriage.

The first lady leaned down to smell the nearly 5.8-meter fir tree, while 14-year-old Malia commented that she always looks for a nice point on the top.

After Malia confirmed this year's tree has a "very good" one, Mrs. Obama gave a thumbs-up signifying the family's approval.

Displaying and decorating evergreen trees for Christmas is a tradition said to date back to 16th century Germany.  Christians believed the tree represented Jesus and signified new beginnings. The tradition spread to American homes through German immigrants.

Now, the sale of both real and artificial Christmas trees is big business in the United States - raking in several billion dollars each year.

It is customary to decorate a Christmas tree with lights and ornaments and place the family's presents for the holiday underneath.  Under the Christmas tree is also where children leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus.

This year's White House tree comes from a North Carolina father-and-son tree farming team, Rusty and Beau Estes, who won a contest run by the National Christmas Tree Association to earn the honor.

Members of the association have presented the official tree for display in the White House Blue Room since 1966.

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by: Reina from: Giroppon
November 25, 2012 5:01 AM
Most children hang a big sox beside their bed at the night of Christmas Eve in Japan to require presents from Santa Claus.
I'm not sure the reason but so Santa Claus should go around house by house in Japan.
Very very busy!


by: monydeng james noi from: 3401 ocee, Houston,Texas
November 23, 2012 8:04 PM
THANK YOU ILOVE ALL THESE FAMILY , SPACIALLY BEATFULLY GRIL,S , AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL INCLUDING OUR LEADERSHIP OBAMA ,AND EXCELLENCY ,AND BEST OVER ALL.


by: Hank from: Ohio
November 23, 2012 5:33 PM
While people starve to death for Thanksgiving, of course.

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