Inside tour: First lady decorates White House for Christmas

Saul Bowman
December 2, 2017

US President Donald Trump, joined by First Lady Melania, lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time.

The family Christmas card is framed and on display. The First Lady's Director of Communications Stephanie Grisham also sent out a tweet with the image of the hallway decorations that many are deeming eerie and spooky and better suited to Halloween than Christmas.

And that wish for a Merry Christmas, was proclaimed loud and proud, all the way down to this year's official Christmas cards. In Trump's view, the move toward the use of the more inclusive "happy holidays" phrase minimized the Christian celebration.

Former US President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation marking Christmas as a national holiday.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory.

The'grim hallway elite liberals panicked over Screenshot from the First Lady's Twitter video
The'grim hallway elite liberals panicked over Screenshot from the First Lady's Twitter video

The record for the number of trees in the White House was held for many years by the Eisenhower administration when 26 trees filled every floor of the house. Given President Donald Trump's relationship with the press, CNN has made a decision to boycott the event, saying in a statement to Politico, "CNN will not be attending this year's White House Christmas party".

Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs Trump's window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end.

This is the 95th year for the White House holiday tradition.

The holiday celebrating begins later Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue well into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks.

This was the scene from Thursday's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the crowd was, um, a little light. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and USA territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room.

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