What I Saw During a First Look at the White House Christmas Decorations
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“American Treasures” is the theme of the White House’s 2018 Christmas decorations. Crafted by first lady Melania Trump, the decorations stunned once again, with nearly 30 Christmas trees and over 14,000 red ornaments.
The Daily Signal was on hand Monday to have a first look at this year’s theme.
In a press release, the Office of the First Lady noted: “This year’s theme, ‘American Treasures’ honors the unique heritage of America. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House shines with the spirit of patriotism.”
The first lady chose to highlight the color red because it symbolizes valor and bravery.
“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas season,” Trump said in a prepared statement, adding:
Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people. Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Here are photos taken by The Daily Signal’s Thaleigha Rampersad during the tour.
The first sight on a tour of the East Wing is the Gold Star Family tree, honoring American families whose relatives died in battle in service to the nation. (Photos: Thaleigha Rampersad/The Daily Signal)
The first lady’s now famous red berry trees fill the East Colonnade of the White House.
A festive window treatment.
The Vermeil Room is ablaze with green and gold.
The Library on the first floor features red and gold Christmas trees.
A closer look at a tree in the Library.
This tree stands at the end of the East Colonnade hallway.
The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are stunning in red and green.
It took nearly 225 pounds of gingerbread dough to make this depiction, in the State Dining Room, of the entire National Mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.
The Red Room honors the first lady’s “Be Best” initiative, which focuses on children.
The entrance to the Blue Room from the Grand Foyer features an 18-foot tree decorated with ribbons representing each state.
The first lady arranged for Christmas music from the United States Marine Band.
Another view of the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall.
Details emerge in a close-up view of the nativity scene in the East Room.
The elaborate nativity scene is a focal point in the magnificent East Room.
Candles at the ready to light the East Room.
The East Room also features 14-foot noble firs.
This is one of four striking cityscapes on display in the East Room.
Here’s an overall view of the East Room decorations.
Twinkling white lights provide a breathtaking backdrop.
The first lady’s “Be Best” tree ornaments help decorate the Red Room.
The mantel of the Red Room fireplace takes up the “Be Best” theme.
This banner brightens the Blue Room.
The first lady also released a video of the decorations:
This report has been modified to include captions with more details on what the photos show.