First lady welcomes Christmas tree

Sasha Obama, third from right, and Malia Obama, second from right, with their mother first lady Michelle Obama, right, touch the 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, as they welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

November 23, 2012 9:57:03 AM PST
First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree.

Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C.

The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House.

The first lady says the tree is "perfect."

The fir tree comes from the farm of 2012 National Christmas Tree Association grand champion winners Rusty and Beau Estes.

Members of the association have presented the official White House Christmas tree every year since 1966.