First lady Melania Trump unveiled the Christmas decorations at the White House on Monday that included a Christmas tree from Northumberland County.
The official White House Christmas tree took its place in the Blue Room measuring more than 18 feet tall. Blossoming with handmade paper flowers, the décor on the Blue Room tree pays homage to the distinctive floral emblem of all 50 states and every U.S. territory, according to a White House media release following a press preview on Monday.
"It's decorated beautifully," said Mahantongo Valley Farms owner Larry Snyder, of Pitman. "I'm absolutely honored to have the tree in the Blue Room."
Snyder, who earned the honor by winning the 2019 National Christmas Tree Contest hosted by the National Christmas Tree Association, and his family presented the Douglas fir on Nov. 25 to the first lady. The tree that was selected Oct. 15 by White House staff has been growing for 16 years. It is now displayed in the Blue Room, the center of the State Floor of the White House. Since 1929, the Blue Room tree has been known as the White House’s official tree and is traditionally trimmed by the first lady.
The Snyders said they had no idea how the tree would be decorated.
This year's theme at the White House is “The Spirit of America," a tribute to "the traditions, customs, and history that make our nation great. Designed by first lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations celebrate the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive," according to a White House news release.
“This Christmas season I want to honor those who have shaped our country and made it the place we are proud to call home, and I am excited to announce our White House holiday theme, ‘The Spirit of America,’” said first lady Melania Trump in a media release. “When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard working people and families that I meet. No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."
Throughout the month of December, the White House will welcome guests to enjoy this year’s decorations by hosting open houses, receptions and tours.