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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
November 27, 2006

Mrs. Bush Receives the White House Christmas Tree
North Portico


10:32 A.M. EST

MRS. BUSH: Hi, everybody. How are you all? Well, we're here once again -- Christmas comes faster and faster the older you get, I think. This year, the Boteks, from Pennsylvania, have given the big tree, and these are their grandchildren who are on the wagon up here, that brought the tree in.

Mrs. Laura Bush stands with the Botek family of Lehighton, Pa., as she receives the official White House Christmas tree on the North Portico Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. The Botek family owns Crystal Springs Tree Farm and donated the 18-foot Douglas fir tree. White House photo by Shealah Craighead We're so excited to once again start all the decorations. The decorators are here from around the country to decorate the White House, and I think we'll reveal the decorations to all of you this Thursday, I believe. They'll finish up probably on Wednesday and then we'll invite the press inside to come see it. And the big, big tree that the Boteks have grown in Pennsylvania will be the tree in the Blue Room, decorated beautifully once again for this holiday season.

I'm so thrilled and honored that you all would donate a tree to the White House this season. Thank you all very, very much, and thank you for your long interest in growing trees -- they've been growing trees, they've had a tree farm since 1964, so that's a wonderful thing. So thanks, everybody, and happy holidays -- this is the very start of the holidays, even though it's not even December, but we're getting ready to have it be December.

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