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First Lady Michelle Obama receives White House Christmas tree

Posted at 11:11 AM, Nov 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is now officially open for the holidays.

First lady Michelle Obama kicked off her family's final holiday season at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. by receiving a 19-foot Balsam-Veitch fir as the official White House Christmas Tree.

It was grown at a farm in Oconto, Wisconsin, and delivered on Friday by owners Dave and Mary Vander Velden.

The tree will be trimmed just a bit so it can fit inside the White House Blue Room, where it is traditionally displayed and decorated to honor the U.S. military.

The delivery also marks the start of an intense few days of work by scores of volunteers who help decorate the White House for Christmas.

Mrs. Obama plans to unveil the decorations to military families on Tuesday.