Melania Trump shows people inside a (very) Christmas White House


"So important to thank our service members for their service, especially those away from their families during the holidays", the first lady tweeted.

US First Lady Melania Trump has inaugurated the decoration of the White House for the first Christmas since she and her husband, President Donald Trump, moved into the presidential residence last January.

The Trump family's first presidential Christmas card says "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays", the Obamas' preferred greeting.

"Christmas wreaths are seen on the windows of the White House".

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Depending on your social media platform of choice - and whom you follow on it - Melania Trump's November 27 reveal of this year's White House Christmas decorations was either a magical glimpse of a stunning winter wonderland or a nightmare pulled straight out of a horror movie. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House for the holidays and the kitchen is ready: a total of 31,000 cookies have been baked, including 15,000 sugar cookies. This year's theme, chosen by Trump herself, was "Time-Honored Traditions", in honor of past Christmases at the White House.

The first lady's theme is "Time-Honored Traditions", a nod to 200 years of holiday celebrations at the executive mansion. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display - a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood.

And of course, there were those infamous "religion-free" holiday cards - featuring the family dogs without the word "Christmas". Tablets are placed next to the tree, as they have been in past years, so that visitors can send holiday notes to the troops overseas. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and US territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room. The pièce de resistance, however, was the 19.5-foot tall Balsam fir tree, which sits in the Blue Room.

A trio of dancers from Hartford, Connecticut, performed the "Nutcracker Suite" for the first lady as part of the White House's annual public holiday celebration.