Melania and Barron Trump Accept Christmas Tree on the Steps of the White House

First lady Melania Trump and son
First lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump pose with the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens.
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Christmas is coming early to the White House.

On Monday, first lady Melania Trump wore a plaid Calvin Klein coat and knee-high Victoria Beckham boots as she and her son Barron gave the symbolic go-ahead for the Christmas tree that is to grace the Blue Room of the White House this year.

Melania Trump, Barron Trump, White House Christmas First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron accept the White House Christmas tree. Rex Shutterstock

The ceremony, similar to ones overseen by generations of first ladies, marked Washington’s official kickoff for the holiday season. Standing before a 19-foot balsam fir tree from Wisconsin, Melania wore (along with the coat and boots) a red turtleneck and dark jeans as she approved the tree given to the Trump family by longtime growers Jim and Diane Chapman.

Melania Trump, Barron Trump, White House Christmas Melania Trump and Barron walk together as the White House tree arrives. Rex Shutterstock

The Chapmans have provided the White House a Christmas tree in 1998 and 2003 and this year won a growers’ contest hosted by the National Christmas Tree Association. This season the fir tree arrived outside the White House in a horse-drawn carriage to the sound of holiday carols sung by a quartet.

The tree-approval ceremony has been a White House fixture since the 1960s.

Melania Trump, Barron Trump, White House Christmas The Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens flank first lady Melania Trump and her son Barron. Rex Shutterstock

Later this week the Trump family will leave for the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to celebrate Thanksgiving.