Uncle George and Aunt Laura's Christmas Tree

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The centerpiece of the White House holiday decor, an 18-1/2 foot (5.6 meter) Fraser Fir from North Carolina, arrived at the president's residence on a horse-drawn wagon on Monday as the Marine Corps band played "O Christmas Tree."

First lady Laura Bush attended the presentation of the official first tree in the driveway. The tree will be set up in the Blue Room.

"This is a very fun tradition, the delivery of the Christmas tree to the White House," she said.

She said Santa's elves were already inside decorating the executive mansion for the holidays in this year's theme -- "all things bright and beautiful."

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