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Holiday Season 2004

For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
November 29, 2004

Mrs. Bush Receives the Official White House Christmas Tree

  • This year's tree is an 18 foot Noble fir from the State of Washington. It was donated by John and Carol Tillman from Rochester, Washington. Joining the Tillmans for today's ceremony are their children, Tyler and Rachel.
  • The White House Christmas tree was selected in October by White House Chief Usher Gary Walters and White House Superintendent of Grounds Irv Williams.
  • The Tillmans were named the 2004 National Grand Champion Growers by the National Christmas Tree Association.
  • The tree will adorn the Blue Room on the State Floor of the White House.
  • Two trees were selected from their farm, Northwest Plantations, to be placed in the Oval Office and at Camp David.
  • The official White House Christmas tree presentation dates back to 1966 during the Johnson administration. That year, the tree was a Balsam fir, grown by Howard Pierce of Sparta, Wisconsin.
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    Laura Bush receives the official White House Christmas tree delivered on a horse drawn wagon Monday, Nov. 29. 2004. The 18.5 foot Noble fir donated by John and Carol Tillman of Rochester, Wash., will be decorated and displayed in the Blue Room.  White House photo by Susan Sterner