White House staff members pick this year's Christmas tree

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SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- This year, the official White House Christmas tree is coming from Shawano County, Wisconsin. White House Chief Usher Timothy Harleth and White House Superintendent of Grounds Dale Haney were at Hanauer's Christmas Tree Farm to pick out the perfect one.

White House Chief Usher Timothy Harleth and White House Superintendent of Grounds Dale Haney pick out a 19.5 ft. Balsam Fir for the White House

Jim, Diane and David Chapman of "Silent Night Evergreens" will present the tree to the first family for the third time. The Chapmans won the National Christmas Tree contest last month, but are getting some help because of tree height requirements. The tree comes from Hanauer's Christmas Tree Farm in Shawano County.

"It's a gorgeous tree. I mean it's not one of our trees, but I have tree envy when I see it because I couldn't do any better, nobody can do any better," said Jim Chapman.

The tree will be placed in the White House Blue Room. The Blue Room is the home of the feature tree of the White House.

"Today really marks the first day for Christmas for the White House with us, and I just wanted to thank Jim and Diane and David for their incredible support and we're very thankful to be in Wisconsin," said Harleth.

White House officials picked a 19.5 ft. balsam fir to be the 52nd tree presented by the National Christmas Tree Association.

"It's really something special for the holidays and the fact that we have a product that's sustainable, it's natural, it's beautiful and we're replanting it all the time, we'd really like to encourage families to celebrate the same way the first family does," said Marsha Gray, the director of communications for the National Christmas Tree Association.

A horse and wagon will deliver the Balsam Fir to the White House Nov. 20.