Christmas tree chosen for White House was planted 22 years ago by competition winner

December 24, 2018 Updated: December 24, 2018

Christmas is a religious celebration for millions of people around the globe. Spending time with family and friends is at the top of the list for most. That might include the giving of presents from under the Christmas tree.

Speaking of trees, one special tree was chosen this year to be received at the White House by President Trump.

Chick-fil-A at Smith Crossroads 发布于 2018年9月24日周一

The National Christmas Tree Association holds a contest each year to find the National Grand Champion Christmas Tree.

The winner of the National Tree competition each year has their special tree on glorious display in the White House.

Make sure to check out the Our State Magazine this month to see the article on Larry Smith and his journey to the White House!!

North Carolina Christmas Tree Association 发布于 2018年11月26日周一

This year, the proud winner is tree farmer Larry Smith from Avery County. Christmas tree farming has been in his family for decades.

His beauty, a 19.5-foot Mountain Top Fraser Fir, was the pick, and this is the 13th time a North Carolina tree has been chosen.

The White House 发布于 2018年11月19日周一

“This is like winning the Super Bowl,” Smith told WCNC. “The best part I would say is for my kids and grand kids. That’s what I’m looking for.”

A horse-drawn carriage, decked out with bells that signaled its arrival, carried the tree to the White House, where on Nov. 19, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were waiting to receive the 2018 White House Christmas tree.

The White House Christmas Tree is here! On Monday, President Trump joined the First Lady as this year’s Christmas Tree…

The White House 发布于 2018年11月21日周三

The Trumps, dressed in red and white for the occasion, inspected the tree as Christmas carols were played by the military band.

Larry has thousands of trees on his farm, but this one was special, and it was one he planted himself almost a quarter of a century ago.

“It has been a real goal of mine,” he said.

The only thing missing for Larry is his dad not being able to see the tree in the Blue Room at the White House.

“Wish my dad was here. My mother is going to the White House with me but basically he retired in 1991 and we worked side by side for over 20 years,” he said on WCNC.

The Christmas tree tradition in the White House first began in 1889, when President Benjamin Harrison placed a tree in the Yellow Room, with presents underneath for his grandchildren.

The tree then first appeared in the Blue Room in 1912; President William Howard Taft was in office.

Volunteers have been hard at work at the White House all week decorating this year's National Christmas Tree, delivered…

The White House 发布于 2018年11月25日周日

As President Trump said earlier in the month: “Merry Christmas, everybody. We just have to say it all together: Merry, merry Christmas,” according to HCPress.

What does Christmas mean to you? It has many different meanings for most of us. It is a wonderful time to share joy with family and friends, commemorating Christmas Day by going to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And importantly, it means putting up a Christmas tree to decorate.

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