This yr’s tree is an 18 and half of foot tall Fraser fir and is from Dan and Bryan Bushes, owned by Dan and Anne Taylor, in West Virginia.

A navy band performed a festive medley of “O Christmas Tree,” “O Come, All Ye Trustworthy,” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” as a maskless first girl emerged from the White House to greet a horse-drawn carriage with the tree on the North Portico. Not like previous years’ arrivals, the carriage’s two coachmen and horse handler had been masked.

The primary girl posed for images with the tree farmers, who initially wore masks however eliminated them to pose for added photographs, earlier than providing a quick “Merry Christmas” greeting to the press and returning inside. The tree will finally to be displayed within the Blue Room.

White House Christmas tree choice is usually a aggressive course of overseen by the Nationwide Christmas Tree Affiliation, which has supplied the official tree since 1966.

However in an announcement, the NCTA mentioned that there was no formal choice occasion this yr.

“The Taylors have equipped Christmas timber to embellish the White House for a lot of years, besides in fact, the Blue Room tree which comes from NCTA’s Grand Champion Grower,” the NCTA famous in an announcement.

The arrival of the Christmas tree normally marks the kickoff of the White House’s annual vacation festivities. And one other White House vacation tradition, the President’s turkey pardon, continues to be scheduled to happen this week.

No less than one fortunate fowl will likely be chosen to be pardoned by Trump within the White House Rose Backyard on Tuesday. Earlier Monday, Nationwide Turkey Federation chairman Ron Kardel introduced throughout a press convention in Washington that this yr’s nationwide Thanksgiving turkeys are named Corn and Cob. The turkeys hail from Iowa and have been resting within the luxe Washington lodging on the Willard Intercontinental Resort over the weekend, per tradition.

Public well being consultants have discouraged massive, in-person occasions this fall and winter, warning that they might function hotbeds for spreading the coronavirus. And Surgeon Common Jerome Adams, who serves on the White House coronavirus process pressure, particularly warned Monday that every one Individuals — even on the White House — ought to observe US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention tips and keep away from massive gatherings throughout what he referred to as a “dire level” within the pandemic.
However regardless of public well being consultants describing earlier capabilities on the White House as superspreader occasions, lots of this yr’s public and non-public White House vacation occasions are scheduled to nonetheless happen — albeit in a smaller trend.

“The Individuals’s House will have fun Christmas and Hanukkah whereas offering the most secure surroundings doable. This consists of smaller visitor lists, masks will likely be required and out there, social distancing inspired whereas on the White House grounds, and hand sanitizer stations all through the State Flooring,” East Wing chief of workers Stephanie Grisham mentioned in an announcement.

She continued, “Visitors will take pleasure in meals individually plated by cooks at plexiglass-protected meals stations. All handed drinks will likely be coated. All service workers will put on masks and gloves to adjust to meals security tips. Attending the events will likely be a really private selection. It’s a longstanding tradition for folks to go to and benefit from the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations.”