Saturday, November 22, 2014

President Obama Getting Rid of the White House Christmas Tree in 2014? Don't Believe that False Rumor!

A friend told me yesterday that President Obama has decided to do away with the annual White House Christmas Tree for the first time ever in 2014 in favor of a new Holiday Tree. She thought it was horrible that the president was giving into political correctness and disrespecting God in this manner.

It took me about five seconds to google "White House Christmas tree" and I immediately found this page on the White House website:
Upcoming Guidance on Holidays at the White House

Friday, November 28, 2014
The White House * North Portico * 11:00 AM -- On Friday, November 28, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House. Mrs. Obama will be presented the Blue Room tree by the Botek family, growers of this year's tree.

This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, PA. Botek is the National Christmas Tree contest's 2010 champion and his parents, Francis and Margaret, were the 2006 contest champions.

Members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room since 1966.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The White House * 1:30 PM --On Wednesday, December 3, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2014 holiday decorations. Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks in the East Room, and then ask military children to join her in the State Dining Room as White House Chefs Cris Comerford and Susan Morrison, and White House Florist Laura Dowling, demonstrate holiday crafts and treats. As in years past, many of this year's White House holiday decorations will honor military families.
In other words, there will be a White House Christmas Tree in 2014, just like there has been going back to at least 1966.

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