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POTUS and FLOTUS welcome the 2018 White House Christmas tree

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have received the official White House Christmas tree.

The 19½-foot (6-meter) tall Fraser fir was grown on a farm owned by Larry Smith of Newland, North Carolina. Strains of “O Christmas Tree” played Monday as horses pulled a wagon carrying the tree up the White House driveway to the North Portico.

The Trumps walked around wagon to inspect the tree before going back inside the White House.

The fir is headed for the Blue Room, where it will become the centerpiece of Christmas at the White House. Volunteers spend the weekend after Thanksgiving decorating the mansion.

Smith’s Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm provided the tree after winning the National Christmas Tree Association’s annual contest. (AP)

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The White House Christmas Tree, presented to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump by the Smith family of the Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, N.C., arrives on a horse-drawn carriage on the North Lawn driveway of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)


The White House Christmas Tree arrives at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)


U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out to receive the official White House Christmas tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the arrival of the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive the White House Christmas Tree, at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)


U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive the official White House Christmas tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump inspect the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


U.S. President Donald Trump pets a horse while he and first lady Melania Trump welcome a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome a North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House on November 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)