On Monday first lady Melania Trump unveiled this year’s “Christmas at the White House” decorations, and besides being gorgeous, the chosen decorations are also immensely patriotic.
According to a statement by the White House, this year’s decorations include a Gold Star Family Tree that “has been decorated with gold stars and patriotic ribbon” and has tablets placed next to it that can be used by visitors to send messages to their loved ones overseas.
To be clear, former administrations, including that of former President Barack Obama, also featured a Gold Star Family Tree during Christmas — though some could reasonably argue that this year’s tree is a wee bit more beautiful, especially considering that, unlike Obama, our current president actually loves the military.
See the tree and other decorations in the following video published Monday by President Donald Trump:
Also included in this year’s decorations is the official White House Christmas Tree, which the White House notes “is decorated with glass ornaments depicting the seal of each State and territory”; a room full of holiday treats that “has been decorated with peppermints, candy, and cookies”; and a room containing a replica of the White House in gingerbread form.
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The primary difference between this year’s “Christmas at the White House” decorations and those of previous administrations is the theme.
As noted by the White House Historical Association, “In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree. She decorated a tree placed in the oval Blue Room with ornamental toys, birds and angels modeled after Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ ballet.”
Interestingly, this year’s chosen theme is called “Time-Honored Traditions” and was designed by Melania herself.
Accordingly, the Grand Foyer and Cross Halls have been “transformed into a winter wonderland with dozens of full-size trees and fake snow placed throughout the open space” in honor of Kennedy’s 1961 “Nutcracker Suite,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Yes, this year’s decorations are both beautiful and patriotic — though fair-minded observers would note that previous White House decorations have been the same — but the key differentiating factor is this year’s ode to tradition.
“As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us,” Melania said in the White House statement.
“I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays. On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.”
And we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas as well!
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