Horse-drawn wagon hauls White House Christmas tree
Horse-drawn wagon hauls White House Christmas tree The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, pulls up to the North Portico of the White House. At left, ornaments hang on the tree (Reuters)
Horse-drawn wagon hauls White House Christmas tree
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House. The official tree has arrived.

A horse-drawn wagon hauled the 20-foot white fir up the driveway to the North Portico for inspection last week. Receiving the tree were first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny.

The family circled the tree. They smelled it and conferred before the first lady said, "Thumbs-up. It's a go. We're taking the tree."

Malia, holding Bo's leash, said of the tree: "It's great. It's big."

It's tradition for the first lady to preside over the tree delivery on the morning after Thanksgiving.

Odds are slim to none that it would ever be rejected. The tree is chosen weeks in advance at the farm that wins the National Christmas Tree Association contest. The winner has presented the official White House tree since 1966.

In late September, a group of White House staffers traveled to the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. The searched for a tree perfect enough to stand in the Blue Room. It will be the main attraction throughout the holiday season. The Blue Room tree cannot be taller than 18 feet. So this tree will be trimmed to fit.

The farm, run by Chris Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer, also provided the official White House tree in 2010 and 2006.

The delivery kicks off an intense few days of round-the-clock tree trimming, wreath laying and other decorating by an army of volunteers who help turn the White House into a winter wonderland. Many of the decorations honor military families. It's a group that Mrs. Obama is trying to support through a nationwide initiative.

She has invited military families to the White House for a first look at the decorations this week.

Critical thinking challenge: The White House Christmas Tree is a tradition. Why is it delivered on a horse-drawn wagon?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/horse-drawn-wagon-hauls-white-house-christmas-tree/

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COMMENTS (50)
  • SD2000green
    12/04/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    I think the reason why the Christmas tree is delivered on a horse-drawn wagon is because it's suppose to like show that it's archaic, which means that it was from an earlier time. Many people in the 1800s used to use horses as transportation, so they're trying to hint back at this. It could also be so that they want the horses look like reindeers.

  • jordanvST
    12/04/2014 - 09:42 a.m.

    Cool were did you get the tree from the store or outside is that real of fake. How many decorations are you gonna have?

  • 21edsode
    12/04/2014 - 11:55 a.m.

    This is cool how such a nice and big tree is in the White house. It is great that they didn't Haul nit by truck. They are bringing back the older times now.

  • wpapril30
    12/04/2014 - 01:09 p.m.

    I think it delivered on a horse drawn wagon is because the farmer that have a maple tree farm will just delivered in a wagon. I think sometime it specially delivered for the military honor for protecting us.

  • dallass-Koc
    12/04/2014 - 01:34 p.m.

    That's cool. I wish I could have a horse-drawn wagon. It would be fun to have. I wish I could get a tree that big for Christmas too.

  • MasonK-4
    12/04/2014 - 03:59 p.m.

    The White house is starting to feel a lot like Christmas. The white house just had a wagon pull up a tree for the white house. Since 1996, the tradition states that the tree will be picked by the first lady on the morning after thanksgiving. Michelle Obama has chosen decoration on the tree to honor military families. She will be inviting military families to look and share their opinions about the tree.
    The tree cannot be taller than 18.5 feet, because it will be the main attraction in the blue room. If I was the one to bring the tree to the white house, I would feel a lot of pride.

  • LaurelM-4
    12/04/2014 - 04:02 p.m.

    The White House received their Christmas tree the morning after Thanksgiving. It is a 20-foot white fir that was the winner of the National Christmas Tree Association contest. White House staffers went to Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania run by Chris Botek to pick out the perfect tree. Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha, and the family dogs greeted the tree that came in a horse drawn carriage. Michelle Obama gave the okay and the tree was brought in. In the next few days the tree was trimmed and volunteers helped decorated the White House. Many of the decorations honor military families and they got the first look at the decorations. I never knew that the Christmas tree at the White House was such a big deal. I would like a 20-foot tree but it would never fit in my house.

  • DylanM-4
    12/04/2014 - 04:41 p.m.

    Earlier this week, the official White House Christmas tree was delivered. It was greeted by the first lady Michele Obama, her two kids, and their two dogs. It is a tradition that the first lady sees the Christmas tree, and inspects it to make sure its perfect. It is very rare, that the first lady will turn away the tree. It is selected from the tree lot that won the national Christmas tree association. The tree arrived in a horse drawn carriage, according to tradition. I am glad to see the White house tree is being delivered, because it means the holidays are now in full swing.

  • OliviaV-3
    12/04/2014 - 07:17 p.m.

    This article is about the white house Christmas tree. The tree came to the White House last week, on a horse drawn carriage, and the First Lady, the kids, and dogs all approved it. Throughout the week it will be decorated and trimmed to look as nice as possible. Many decorations honor military families. I liked this article because it showed how the White House family is just like everyone else. I would like to see this tree in person.

  • OliviaV-3
    12/04/2014 - 07:17 p.m.

    This article is about the white house Christmas tree. The tree came to the White House last week, on a horse drawn carriage, and the First Lady, the kids, and dogs all approved it. Throughout the week it will be decorated and trimmed to look as nice as possible. Many decorations honor military families. I liked this article because it showed how the White House family is just like everyone else. I would like to see this tree in person.

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