December 14, 2017
    National Christmas Tree Association carries on with 66-year tradition at White House

    White House personnel selected official tree in NCTA contest

    11/30/2017

    The Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisc., present this year’s White House Christmas tree to first lady Melania Trump and son Barron (center). (Photo: screen capture from the NCTA website)

    In another White House holiday tradition involving an association, the National Christmas Tree Association delivered the White House Christmas tree, but just a bit early this year.

    The 19-ft. Balsam fir arrived at the White House on Nov. 20 via horse-drawn carriage, as is tradition. The tree arrived before the annual pardoning on the National Thanksgiving Turkey; usually the tree is delivered after Thanksgiving. 

    Presenting this year’s tree to first lady Melania Trump and son Barron were Jim and Diane Chapman and their son David of Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisc. They were the grand champion winners of the 2017 National Christmas Tree Contest, sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association. The Chapmans also were grand champions in 1998 and 2003.

     “I am always amazed by the number of people who tell me that they are very proud that the White House Christmas tree is coming from our small town,” David Chapman said. Diane Chapman’s parents also had won the honor of presenting the White House Christmas tree.

    Melania Trump tweeted:

    Thank you Silent Night Evergreens in Wisconsin for our beautiful tree! @POTUS, Barron & I are excited for Christmas in our new home! pic.twitter.com/so6HVG1st8

    — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 21, 2017

    The tree, which is positioned in the White House’s Blue Room, was hand selected by White House chief usher Timothy Harleth and White House grounds superintendent Dale Haney. 

    NCTA has sponsored the White House Christmas tree since 1966. NCTA president Tom Dull said, “We are proud to grow a product that provides cherished memories for families and is often the centerpiece of the Christmas celebration.”

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