Planning for the 2019 Christmas season has begun at the White House.
“First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump will once again open the People’s House up to the public for the traditional Christmas decorating of the White House,” according to a statement from the White House.
On Monday, Nov. 23, the first lady will receive the official 2019 White House Christmas tree.
This year the Christmas tree will come from the Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pitman, Pennsylvania.
In the event of winning the annual contest organized by the National Christmas Tree Association, owner Larry Snyder earned the honor of gifting the tree from his farm to the White House.
Last year’s winner Mr. Larry Smith presented the prizewinning tree—all the way from Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Newland, North Carolina—to the first couple at the North Portico of the White House.
Synder’s prizewinning tree will arrive at the front door of the White House by horse-drawn carriage on Monday afternoon.
The White House has not offered further information about the tree in its Tuesday’s announcement. However, the White House Christmas tree must be between 18 to 19 feet tall and will be the focal point of Christmas in the White House Blue Room.
The White House Christmas tree serves as a centerpiece for Christmas decorations.
Hence, the prizewinning tree has to be 18-19 feet tall to reach the ceiling of the Blue Room, where the chandelier will be taken down each holiday season to accommodate the tree.
This year will be the third year President Trump and the first lady will spend Christmas at the White House.
The first family celebrated every Christmas in the White House with a special theme every year. Last year’s was themed, “American Treasures” to honor “the unique heritage of America” and the spirit of American patriotism.
The theme for the 2017, their first Christmas in the White House was “Time-Honored Traditions” to commemorate 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House.
The first lady designed the decorations for both of their first and second Christmas at the White House.
However, President Trump and the first lady have yet to announce the theme for the 2019 Christmas.