Douglas Fir Chosen as White House Christmas Tree

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With the Christmas season drawing near, White House officials have been scouting about in Pennsylvania to find the perfect holiday tree. 

"This is it," Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon, director and chief usher of the executive residence, declared before pinning a red velvet ribbon on the tree of honor.
   
To the delight of Chris Botek, co-owner of the family-run Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, it was one of his evergreens - a 19.5-foot Douglas fir - that was chosen for this year's official White House Christmas tree.

"Words can't describe how I'm feeling," Botek told The Republican Herald.

The tree will be cut down and delivered personally to first lady Michelle Obama in November.

"It's just a great tree for decorating," Dale Haney, the White House grounds superintendent, said.

"You can work the lights and the ornaments and the width of it is great," Haney said. "People are at these parties and people can walk around the whole tree."

The fir will be placed and decorated inside the Blue Room at the White House.

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