Pennsylvania fir selected as White House Christmas tree
A 23-foot Douglas fir from Pennsylvania will be decorated and displayed in the Blue Room of The White House this Christmas season.
The tree was planted about 16 years ago at Mahantango Valley Farms in Upper Mahanoy Township in Northumberland County, reports WNEP.
White House officials selected the tree Tuesday at the farm run by Larry Snyder.
“It is probably the most exciting and humbling experience you could experience as a tree grower because you are now providing the White House, America’s home for the president and first lady, a Christmas tree,” Snyder told WNEP.
“It’s an incredible experience to be able to come out and select something that is going to be viewed by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people. You want to make sure that it’s absolutely perfect because it’s going into the Blue Room of the White House, and the White House belongs to all of us as American citizens, and we don’t want to make a mistake,” Timothy Harleth, chief usher of the executive residence of the White House, told WNEP.
The tree will be harvested at the end of November for delivery to Washington, D.C.
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