17 photos show the White House all decked out for Christmas

28 November, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The 2018 White House holiday decor features a theme of "American Treasures".

First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House Christmas decorations on Monday, and the internet is predictably all over one aspect of this year's festive additions: those red trees.

Just like past year, Christmas came early for the internet, as people on Twitter couldn't resist joking about the first lady's chosen holiday decor. "It is a symbol of valor and bravery". There are nods to four major cities and their skylines including St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City, where Melania and President Donald Trump resided before taking office. A video of the decorations shows the first lady stoically parading through the East Wing, occasionally pausing to adjust a wreath or stray sprig of mistletoe. Some served long buffet tables of artisan cheeses, lamb chops and spiked eggnog that would be on the menus of that year's holiday parties.

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But the effect - essentially the flipside of last year's motif, in which the trees were solid white and also derided as horror movie worthy - didn't draw too many warm feelings on social media.

At the Clintons' first Christmas at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.in 1994, Hillary Clinton fielded questions in front of the Blue Room tree.

See the highlights in these photos of the decorations. The traditional White House gingerbread house was made from 525 pounds of gingerbread dough and depicted the entire Washington Mall.

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