First Lady Jill Biden Receives Official White House Christmas Tree.

First lady Jill Biden receives the official 2021 White House Christmas tree at the White House, Monday, Nov. 22, in Washington. This year's tree is an 18.5-foot Fraser fir presented by Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C.

This year's tree will be on display in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP)

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