November 28, 2005

White House decor shifts to holiday mode

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The centerpiece of the White House
holiday decor, an 18-1/2 foot (5.6 meter) Fraser Fir from North
Carolina, arrived at the president's residence on a horse-drawn
wagon on Monday as the Marine Corps band played "O Christmas

First lady Laura Bush attended the presentation of the
official first tree in the driveway. The tree will be set up in
the Blue Room.

"This is a very fun tradition, the delivery of the
Christmas tree to the White House," she said.

She said Santa's elves were already inside decorating the
executive mansion for the holidays in this year's theme -- "all
things bright and beautiful."