First lady Melania Trump accepts 2020 White House Christmas tree

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And another White House holiday tradition, the President's turkey pardon, is still scheduled to take place tomorrow, November 24.

Only one of the two turkeys, named Corn and Cob, will be pardoned.

The family of five were dressed to the nines for the traditional event - which they skipped past year - where they took front row seats, watching on as Trump pardoned the chosen bird in front of a limited and socially-distanced crowd.

First Lady Melania Trump welcomed the 2020 White House Christmas tree Monday afternoon, continuing the longstanding tradition even as COVID-19 spreads across the country and election tensions remain high.

The turkeys - Corn and Cob - arrived Sunday at the luxury Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington and photographers were invited there Monday, as they are every year, to capture the fowl strutting around inside their hotel room. "We give thanks for the vaccines and therapies that will soon end the pandemic".

As the weather has cooled, virus cases have surged and more than 250,000 people have died.

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Also in the list of priority are care home workers as well as health care professionals and social workers. By the end of 2020, Moderna expects to produce approximately 20 million doses of its mRNA-1273 vaccine.

The turkey pardon ceremony came just a few hours after President-elect Joe Biden announced his national security team and emphasized the need to work with allies.

Before a year ago, the ceremony had been a regular part of Ivanka and Jared's Thanksgiving celebrations with their children - and the kids were often seen playing with the chosen bird before it was given its pardon.

In honor of the special occasion, Ivanka took to Instagram on Monday evening to share images of turkey pardoning ceremonies from years gone by, posting several images of her children playing with past birds on the White House lawn. The House would go on to approve two articles of impeachment the next month and the Senate would subsequently vote to acquit him.

But as the president now contests the results of his own election loss, a joke he made during the 2018 turkey pardon has taken on new meaning. The scenario he described bears a striking resemblance to the one he faces today.

"I want the American people to know that we are at a dire point in our fight with this virus, by any measure: cases, positivity, hospitalizations, deaths", he said on on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Adams emphasized that "We're going to have people - the vulnerable - start to be vaccinated in mere weeks, so I'm asking Americans, I'm begging you, hold on just a little bit longer, keep Thanksgiving and the celebrations small and smart this year". But I will tell you, weve come to a conclusion. "Too bad for Carrots!" But George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound (23-kilogram) bird as animal rights activists picketed nearby.

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