Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House Monday by receiving the official 2021 White House Christmas tree - an 18 1/2-foot Fraser fir from North Carolina. After greeting and inspecting the tree, the first lady declared, "Look how beautiful this is." "It is beautiful. It's magnificent, really," she said. Mrs. Biden then broke off a small branch from the official Blue Room tree and gave it - along with a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. Son Hunter Biden, his wife, Melissa, and their toddler, Beau, were among a sizeable group of White House aides, guests and others who braved crisp winds to watch the brief ceremony marking the start of President Joe Biden's first Christmas in the White House. The tree was presented by the father-and-son team of Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina — a three-time winner of the National Christmas Tree Association's annual contest. The winner gets to present its official tree to the White House.