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How the White House prepares for the holidays

First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump, look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

As the Trumps jet off to Mar-a-Lago for the Thanksgiving holiday, "a small army of volunteer decorators and florists from around the country will descend on the White House on Friday and spend the holiday weekend transforming the 132-room mansion for Christmas, complete with a tree in every public room," AP's Darlene Superville writes:

"The White House grounds superintendent and the chief usher, who oversees the residence, picked out the tree during a September scouting trip ... The tree for the Blue Room usually arrives the day after Thanksgiving, but it was delivered early this year to accommodate the Trumps, who [left yesterday for] their Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida."