7:39 PM EST, November 23, 2012
Washington, D.C. -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at the White House.
First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia, Sasha and their dog Bo, welcomed the official White House Christmas on Friday.
The 19-foot tall Fraser fir arrived on a horse-drawn carriage.
The First Lady leaned down to smell the tree and told the crowd of assembled reporters, "I think we'll take it!"
It was harvested at the family-owned Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina.
Growers Rusty and Beau Estes were also at the White House for the tree's arrival.
The Estes are this year's National Christmas Tree Association grand champion winners.
The group has provided the official White House tree every year since 1966.
The giant tree will be displayed throughout the holiday season in the Blue Room.
North Carolina ranks second in the nation in Christmas tree production, with more than five million trees harvested there annually.
Last year's White House tree came from Neshkoro, Wisconsin.