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