First lady Melania Trump is feeling the holiday spirit as she started decorating for her family’s first Christmas in the White House. Melania has opted for a more traditional style while also adding fresh new touches to the conventional standards.
The first lady’s chosen theme is “Time-Honored Traditions”, which pays respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House.
Melania has introduced for this year wreaths hanging from the exterior of every window, adding extra appeal to the whole style. She also added the new touch of glistening wintry branches lining an East Wing hallway that leads guests to a tree decorated with the first family’s official Christmas ornament, a gold-toned bauble with the presidential coat of arms surrounded by a wreath of holly.
The first lady’s son and Trump’s youngest child also has a special participation in a family Christmas card. The card is framed and on display with the message, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”’ The card is signed by President Trump himself, and 11-year-old Barron.
The first lady is also excited about the Christmas decors in the White House as she tweeted on Monday morning, “The decorations are up!” She added, “@WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The decorations are up! <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WhiteHouse</a> is ready to celebrate! Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season! <a href="https://t.co/d6ZuyeFvrw">pic.twitter.com/d6ZuyeFvrw</a></p>— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/935147767726448640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Melania took an active role in the decorations, personally choosing every detail of the decor. She did a final check with the decors late Sunday.
The White House Christmas standard of an 18-foot fir tree is still in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, with ornaments as decorations bearing the seals of every state and U.S. territory.
Then there’s the 350- pound gingerbread house which offers a view of the White House from the south.
Melania’s office allowed journalists to view the decorations on Monday. More than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours during the long holiday weekend decorating the White House halls.
The first lady also invited children and students from a nearby military base to view the decorations and also have the opportunity to work on holiday arts and crafts.
Melania’s “signature Christmas” includes 71 wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights and more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards of ribbon and more than 1,000 feet of garland, among other things.
The White House kitchen has been very busy as well, preparing a total of 31,000 cookies for the more than 25,000 visitors expected to tour the White House.