Trump lights National Christmas Tree for 1st time

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"Her theme is "Time-Honored Traditions", which the White House said pays respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the executive mansion".

This year's National Christmas Tree is a Colorado blue spruce from Virginia, ad it was planted on the Ellipse on October 27, 2012, according to Shelby Galvin, public affairs specialist Public Affairs Specialist with the National Parks Service.

Included in the White House Christmas decorations is a huge 300-pound gingerbread replica of the White House itself, complete with Christmas wreaths in each window.

Taking part in the annual ritual, Trump counted down from 10 before his wife, Melania, pushed a button to set the tree aglow with golden lights and silver stars. VA centers failed to report potentially risky doctors Obama congratulates Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement MORE and his wife Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama congratulates Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement Michelle Obama on sexual misconduct allegations: I'm "sick" Michelle Obama on dealing with hard times: "Don't tweet nasty stuff" MORE wishing the country "Merry Christmas" while he served in office.

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Social media is mocking a photo display of White House holiday decorations that some say look rather haunting.

Trump has repeatedly taken shots at Obama for not wishing the country a "Merry Christmas", both before and after he took office. She did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family's Thanksgiving at their home in Palm Beach, Florida.

The decorations continue a tradition that dates back decades.

While in Missouri this week, President Trump, once again, said that now that he's president, Christmas is back. 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.

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