WASHINGTON – First Lady Melania Trump has opted for a more traditional decoration for her family's first Christmas in the White House, adding some new touches to the standards.
New this year are crowns hanging from the outside of each window Another new touch are gleaming winter branches that line a corridor in the east wing that takes guests to a tree decorated with official Christmas ornaments from the Trump family, an ornament in the form of gold with the presidential shield surrounded by a wreath of holly.
The Christmas card is framed and on display. "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year," says the card signed by President Donald Trump, the first lady and Barron, his 11-year-old son.
Among the Christmas standards there is an 18-foot fir tree in its traditional place in the Blue Room, decorated with decorations with the stamps of each state and territory of the United States. UU
The 350-pound gingerbread house this year offers a view of the White House from the south.
"Decorations are over!" the first lady tweeted on Monday morning. "@WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! We wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!"
His theme is "Traditions honored by time", which according to the White House respects the 200 years of Christmas tradition in the executive mansion .
Preview of the First Lady's office decorations for journalists last week after more than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours during the long weekend vacation in the White House halls.
Mrs. Trump has also invited children and students from a nearby military base to come see the decorations and work on Christmas arts and crafts.
The White House said that she personally chose every detail of the decoration. He did one last test Sunday night after returning from Thanksgiving at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
The Christmas celebration begins later on Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue until December with receptions and parties. every day, sometimes two per day, during the next weeks. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House during the holidays and the kitchen is ready: a total of 31,000 cookies, including 15,000 sugar cookies, have been baked.
Mrs. Trump's Christmas signature includes 71 crowns, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights, more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards of ribbon and more than 1,000 feet of garlands, the White House said.