Christmas Tree honored in Washington

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden celebrates the Christmas season

Lexie Flores and Mustang Staff

Christmas tree growers Rusty and Beau Estes have been selected once again to have one of their Christmas trees honored at the White House. An 18 1/2 foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms of Jefferson, North Carolina was awarded grand champion by the National Christmas Tree Association this summer. The Estes’ tree was placed in the White House Blue Room. The Estes also had trees selected in 2012 and 2008 during the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

The first president to start the White House Christmas tree tradition was President Benjamin Harrison in 1889. He placed the tree in the Yellow Room and decorated the tree with candles reports the White House Historical Association.

Provided by Patrick Semansky (AP)