Melania Trump to accept White House Christmas tree from Shawano Co. on Monday

Timothy Harleth, chief usher for the White House (left), discusses the tree chosen as the Blue Room Christmas tree with Jim Chapman of Silent Night Evergreens, Sept. 25, 2017, at Hanauer's Tree Farms in Shawano County. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

WASHINGTON (AP/WLUK) -- Christmas is coming to Donald Trump's White House a bit early this year.

Melania Trump is set to accept the official White House Christmas tree on Monday. First ladies typically receive the tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but the Trumps are expected to spend the holiday at their home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Jim and Diane Chapman, owners of a Christmas tree farm in Endeavor, won a contest run by the National Christmas Tree Association and will get to present the tree to the first lady. The Chapmans worked with a farm in Shawano County to provide the tree since the Chapmans did not have a tree that was large enough.

The 19 1/2-foot Balsam fir will go on display in the White House Blue Room.

The Christmas Tree Association says the Chapmans also presented trees to the White House in 1998 and 2003.

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