CHICAGO - This year's White House Christmas tree will come from the same state where President Barack Obama will accept the gift of his party's nomination next month - North Carolina.
Peak Farms of Jefferson, N.C., has been named this year's winner in a contest run by the National Christmas Tree Association. As such, it will provide the official White House Christmas tree to be displayed in the Blue Room this holiday season, carrying on a tradition that dates back nearly half a century.
"In my business, that's the top of the line," said Rusty Estes, the father half of the father-son Peak Farms operation. Estes was also a co-winner in 2008.