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Alex Brandon, Associated Press
An attendant checks the horses after first lady Michelle Obama received the Official White House Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. The Balsam-Veitch fir from Dave and Mary Vander Velden, of Oconto, Wis., is 19 feet tall and 12 feet wide.

WASHINGTON — The White House is now officially open for the holidays.

First lady Michelle Obama kicked off her family's final holiday season at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. by receiving a 19-foot Balsam-Veitch fir as the official White House Christmas Tree.

It was grown at a farm in Oconto, Wisconsin, and delivered on Friday by owners Dave and Mary Vander Velden.

The tree will be trimmed just a bit so it can fit inside the White House Blue Room, where it is traditionally displayed and decorated to honor the U.S. military.

The delivery also marks the start of an intense few days of work by scores of volunteers who help decorate the White House for Christmas.

Mrs. Obama plans to unveil the decorations to military families on Tuesday.