First lady Melania Trump, wearing yet another plaid coat from Michael Kors, but in holiday red, greeted the official White House Christmas Tree delivered to the North Portico on Monday.
Oh, and President Donald Trump was there, too, for the annual FLOTUS duty of inspecting the humongous Fraser fir.
But not their son, Barron, 12, who accompanied his mother to the tree-arrival festivities last year for the Trumps’ first Christmas in the White House. This year, he was still at school, according to the first lady’s office.
The White House pool report on the event said the Trumps emerged from the White House door at 1:12 p.m., as the horse-drawn cart with the tree pulled up.
Holding hands, the two circled the tree and posed for pictures as the Marine Band played holiday music and guests and reporters looked on.
At one point, POTUS could be seen patting the enormous behind of one of the enormous horses pulling the tree cart.
By 1:16 p.m., the Trumps were back inside the White House, the pool report said.
The first lady, 48, was dressed in a red tartan plaid cape coat (possibly by Michael Kors) over black suede knee-high boots with surprisingly (for her) sensible heels.
It was the fourth plaid or checked coat she’s worn in public in the last few weeks, including couture coats by Bottega Veneta and Burberry. Capes and coats flung over her shoulders are a signature look for the former fashion model-turned-first lady.
The tree, which came from North Carolina, looked like it always looks during these White House ritual arrivals, trussed up on the back of a cart, not yet adorned with the holiday glam decor that only the White House curators and decorators can bestow.
The tree, at 19.5 feet, is a Mountain Top Fraser Fir from Newland, N.C., and was nurtured by Larry Smith, dubbed a “Grand Champion Grower” by the National Christmas Tree Association.
The tree will be on display in the Blue Room of the White House through the holiday season.
The Trumps, meanwhile, are leaving Tuesday afternoon to consume the annual Thanksgiving feast at their Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.