Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Melania Trump Unveils the White House's 2018 Christmas Decorations

Melania Trump Unveils the White House's 2018 Christmas Decorations

Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People's House in Christmas cheer.

This year the gingerbread house features the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Monument as well as the White House.

In the East Wing, a time-honored tradition returns to honor military families.

Official White House video released Monday shows Melania walking through the mansion's spacious rooms and hallways, admiring the festive, if somewhat confusing, decor.

The White House says decorations include a tree trimmed by Gold Star families, an array of topiary trees and mantelpieces featuring the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. It's adorned with gold stars and patriotic ribbons. Decorations in the ornate East Room are meant to highlight the diversity and ingenuity of American architecture. In the library, trees are decorated with ornaments from all states and territories. In the East Room are four 14-foot trees displaying 72 handmade paper ornaments representing the six different regions of America.

White House Christmas Decoration

The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall has 29 trees with more than 14,000 red ornaments and plenty of twinkling lights.

For many, the holidays provide a season to be jolly. It's constructed out of 25 pounds of dough, 25 pounds of chocolate, and 20 pounds of icing. If they then enter the East Garden Room, they'll see the First Family's Christmas card and ornament.

Melania also included her own sugar cookie recipe in the booklet for visitors to make in their own homes after visiting the White House. Replica tables of state dinners from the Theodore Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Trump administration have been set in the China Room.

Another tree stands in the Green Room, where a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains were used to decorate the tree, while the official 18-foot White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room, decorated with more than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon, embroidered in gold with each U.S. state and territory.

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