COLUMBIA — First Gentleman Michael Haley is receiving two live Christmas trees.

Haley is being presented with the trees today by members of the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association. He is also receiving poinsettias that were grown by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center.

The trees and poinsettias are part of the decorations for the Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House.

Later today, Haley and Gov. Nikki Haley are expected to be on hand with their children at the Statehouse for the 45th annual governor’s Carolighting ceremony, and they're inviting South Carolinians to join them for the ceremony.

The event is sponsored by the City of Columbia, Columbia Breakfast Optimist Club, Columbia Garden Club and Garden Club of South Carolina. Charleston television anchor Bill Sharpe is serving as emcee of the event that kicks off the holiday season in South Carolina. Last year, 200-plus musicians performed at the Statehouse steps.