Laura Bush Unveils White House Christmas Tree

11/29/2007 at 02:40 PM EST

Laura Bush Unveils White House Christmas Tree
Laura Bush with the White House Christmas tree
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov
The White House's Blue Room has gone green – with this year's Executive Mansion Christmas tree.

Unveiling the 19-year-old, 18-ft, Fraser fir from Mistletoe Farm in North Carolina, First Lady Laura Bush made special appearances on Thursday morning's Good Morning America and Today shows.

"We have to remove the chandelier from the Blue Room because the tree is so big," she has noted, adding, "the tree will be decorated with about 300 – a little over 300 ornaments from around the country."

For Mrs. Bush's comments on the tree and the start of the holiday season, please refer to the official White House Web site. – Stephen M. Silverman

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