WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree.

Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C.

The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House.

The first lady says the tree is "perfect."

The fir tree comes from the farm of 2012 National Christmas Tree Association grand champion winners Rusty and Beau Estes.

Members of the association have presented the official White House Christmas tree every year since 1966.

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  • First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha, second from right, Malia, right, and first dog Bo, smells the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C., upon is delivery, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the North Portico of the White House.

  • First lady Michelle Obama is presented with the official White House Christmas Tree on November 23, 2012. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes.

  • The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes.

  • The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes.

  • The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama looks on upon the arrival of the White House Christmas tree, flanked by her daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (2nd R).

  • First lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughter Malia Obama (2nd L) are presented with the official White House Christmas Tree.

  • First daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) wait for Frist Lady Michelle Obama after the family received the White House Christmas tree.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama smells the White House Christmas tree upon its arrival as her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (C) look on.

  • The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (L) arrive with dog Bo to receive the White House Christmas tree.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) arrive to receive the White House Christmas tree.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama looks on as the White House Christmas tree arrives.

  • First lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughter Malia Obama look at the official White House Christmas Tree as it is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012.

  • First lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) and her daughters Malia Obama (C) and Sasha Obama (3rd R) are presented with the official White House Christmas Tree.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) arrive with dog Bo to receive the White House Christmas tree.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama gives the thumbs-up upon the arrival of the White House Christmas tree, flanked by her daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (2nd R) and dog Bo.

  • Michelle Obama Presented With Official White House Christmas Tree

    WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: First lady Michelle Obama leans down to smell the official White House Christmas Tree after it was delivered to the White House, as her daughters Malia Obama (R) and Sasha Obama look on, on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

  • First lady Michelle Obama (L) talks with the growers of the official White House Christmas Tree, Rusty Estes (2nd R) and Beau Estes (R), on November 23, 2012.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (L) arrive with dog Bo to receive the White House Christmas tree in Washington on November 23, 2012.