Our First Lady Melania Trump has opted for a more traditional decor for her family’s first Christmas in the White House, adding a couple of new touches to the standards. Melania has shared footage of holiday season decorations at the White House in a Twitter video posted on Monday that shows the presidential residence decked out with large numbers of Christmas trees and a nativity scene.
Ballerinas leaping to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” have helped launch Christmas at the White House, featuring a traditional decor that Melania Trump chose for her family’s first holiday season 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. “The decorations are up!” Mrs. Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “@WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season!”
Among the new touches this year were wreaths topped with red bows adorn every White House window. Inside, glistening wintry branches line both sides of an East Wing hallway that leads the guests to a tree decorated with the Trump family’s official Christmas ornament, a gold-toned bauble featuring the presidential coat of arms surrounded by a wreath of holly.
That’s a change from the Obama years when the annual cards have offered more generic sentiments of “Season’s Greetings” or wishes for happy holidays. President Trump has vowed to put “Christmas” back at the center of the holidays. During the presidential campaign, he said that saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” amounted to “chipping away at Christianity.”
More than 200 volunteers from 29 states have spent 1.600 hours over the holiday weekend decking the White House halls. The White House said Mrs. Trump had chosen every detail of the decor and did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family’s Thanksgiving at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, said that Mrs. Trump’s window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end. “Mrs. Trmp’s impeccable style is seen in the beautifully understated decorations and give a great nod to the First Families that came before them,” Pickens said.
More than 25.000 visitors are expected to tour the White House for the holidays and the kitchen is ready: 31.000 cookies have been baked, including 16.000 sugar cookies, many of which end up in purses for the trip hope. The decor includes 71 wreaths, 50 Christmas trees, more than 20.000 lights, more than 10.000 ornaments, more than 3.500 yards of ribbon and more than 1.000 feet of garland, the White House said.