"We have to remove the chandelier because the tree is so big," says the first lady
Credit: 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