Congratulations to Sue and Tom Schroeder, as they presented First Lady Michelle Obama with this year’s official White House Christmas tree. The Schroeders earned this honor by winning the National Christmas Tree Association’s (NCTA) national Christmas Tree contest held in August 2011 and becoming Grand Champion. Members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room since 1966, during the tenure of First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. To see what makes a White House Christmas tree (like having a stately color and shape and holding between 4,500-8,000 lights) see the mini-feature on page 52 of Christmas at the White House.
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