For Christmas decorations this year, First Lady Melania Trump has covered the corridors of the White House in the spirit of the patriotic theme "American Treasures" that recognizes the "unique heritage" of the United States.
"This is a happy moment of the year when we decorated the White House for the Christmas season," the first lady said in a statement. "Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people. Thanks to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the Casa del Pueblo with Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish you all a very happy Christmas and a happy new year. "
Trump revealed his decorations with a video Showing her on a tour of the White House, with a crown made with pencils. "Be Best." According to the White House, Be Best is the initiative against intimidation of the first lady focused on "encouraging children to BE BETTER in their individual ways".
Throughout the White House, the color red plays an important role, since more than 14,000 red ornaments hang from 29 trees. Forty red topiaries trees line the East Colonnade and have already been subject to conversation in social networks. The choice of red is an extension of the stripes found on the presidential seal, a symbol of courage and bravery, according to the White House.
In the eastern wing, a tradition consecrated by time returns to honor military families. Decorated by families of fallen members of the service, the Gold Star family tree is adorned with gold stars and ribbon. Visitors are encouraged to write messages to loved ones who are on duty or abroad with the digital tablets provided.
The 18-foot tall Fraser fir Christmas tree in the Blue Room was hand selected as the official Christmas tree and comes from a farm in Avery County, North Carolina. Last week, President Donald Trump and the first lady received the tree when he was taken to the White House in a horse-drawn carriage.
President Donald Trump and the first lady will open the White House to visitors for Christmas tours throughout the month of December. More than 30,000 visitors will participate in public visits, according to the White House, where they will also receive musicians, high school bands, choirs and artists with festive themes to join the festivities.