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(CNN) -- In a tradition dating back 117 years, the White House has taken delivery of its annual Christmas Tree, a Douglas fir from Pennsylvania. The tree will sit in the White House's Blue Room where its decoration will be orchestrated by First Lady Laura Bush.

18.5: The height, in feet, of this year's White House Christmas tree. The honor of supplying the tree goes to the winner of the American National Christmas Tree Association's annual Christmas Tree contest (this year the Botek family of Lehighton, Pennsylvania).

1889: The year in which an official decorated Christmas tree was first displayed in the White House, during the presidency of Benjamin Harrison (who was also the first president to use electricity in the White House).

80: The number of red, white and blue bulbs on the first ever electrically-lit Christmas tree. The latter was commissioned in 1882 by Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison, and displayed in his home in New York.

7: The minimum number of years it takes the average Christmas tree to grow to maturity.

100,000: The number of people employed in the Christmas tree industry in the U.S.

36 million: The number of Christmas trees that are produced annually in the U.S.

9 million: The number of Norman Fir Christmas trees produced each year in Denmark, Europe's leading Christmas tree cultivator. The Norman Fir -- Abies Nordmannianais -- is considered the "Rolls Royce" of Christmas trees, and contributes around 1.2 billion kroner ($204 million) to the Danish economy.

262: The height, in feet, of the world's tallest ever decorated Christmas tree, a Eucalyptus Regnans in Tasmania's Styx River Valley. It took a team of climbers eight days to cover the tree with over 3000 lights as a protest against the destruction of Tasmania's forests.

1510: The year in which the first decorated Christmas tree was recorded, in Riga, Latvia. A plaque in the city's main square tells the story of the tree (in 8 different languages).

850,000: The cost, in dollars, of the world's most expensive Christmas tree, fashioned in pure 21-karat gold by Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka.

First Lady Laura Bush Receives the White House Christmas tree.




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