Next Christmas, it will be the Trump family who celebrate their festivities in the White House. So it was a poignant moment for the outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama as she welcomed her last ever Christmas tree to the president’s official residence.
Helped by her cute nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson, with dogs Sunny and Bo, she was pictured inspecting the tree before it is taken to its place as centrepiece of the Blue Room.
Wearing a black bell-sleeved jacket to keep out the cold, along with skinny trousers and heels, she directed the delivery men who brought the 19-foot Douglas Fir, which had been grown in Pennsylvania and specially chosen to grace the White House.
As her own two daughters are grown up, Mrs Obama said she had drafted in her “replacement kids” to help. The outgoing president meanwhile, was seen having a round of golf after his Thanksgiving meal. The tree was delivered by a horse-drawn wagon, which pulled into the White House driveway. Mrs Obama said one of her teenage daughters was still asleep so she drafted in her brother’s sons to help.
Accepting the tree from proud farm owneres Dave and Mary Vander Velden, she said: “Christmas begins. The holidays start.’We’re ready. Our last one. We’re excited about it.”
The Vander Veldens had won a contest run by the National Christmas Tree Assocation, earning the honour of supplying the White House with its official tree. While a group of White House officials visited the Whispering Pine Tree Farm is September to pick out the perfect tree, they found it had not grown pick enough as a result of adverse weather conditions in Oconto, Wisconsin. So, while it will still go up in the White House, a larger replacement Douglas Fir from Pennsylvania will take pride of place in the Blue Room.