After winning the presidency, Donald Trump said it was time to end political correctness when it comes to saying “Merry Christmas.” Helping him keep that promise, First Lady Melania Trump gave Americans a sneak-peek at this years’ White House Christmas decorations. Her chosen theme, “Time Honored Traditions,” says it all.
On Monday, Melania revealed some of the decorations visitors can see at the White House. She shared her excitement about the upcoming holiday on social media. “The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” she said. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us.”
One of the decorations, adorned with gold stars and patriotic ribbon, is the Gold Star Family Tree. Using digital tablets, visitors can write messages to their loved ones serving overseas. The president and Melania spent part of their Thanksgiving serving members of the Coast Guard in Florida.
In addition, the Gold Star tree is the large White House Christmas tree. Melania and Barron officially received the 19-1/2-foot Balsam Fir last week. The tree, displayed in the Blue Room, is traditionally decorated with glass ornaments depicting the seals of all 50 U.S. states. This year’s tree comes from Silent Night Evergreens farm in Wisconsin.
Jesus and Gingerbread
Of course, what would Christmas be without a Gingerbread house? Decorated with Melania’s signature Christmas wreaths, it depicts the southern facade of the White House. The house, weighing in at a whopping 350 pounds, stands on display in the State Dining Room. Her wreaths are also hanging on every exterior window.
Melania is also notably keeping “Christ” in Christmas with a nativity scene. The first lady’s office confirmed she is continuing the tradition last week. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the nativity at the White House, which began in 1967 during the Johnson administration.
The annual tree lighting ceremony will be emceed by actress Reese Witherspoon. The event, held on November 30, will include appearances by Kathie Lee Gifford, Dean Cain, Manheim Steamroller, the Beach Boys, and the U.S Navy band. The Hallmark Channel will air the special on December 4.