Descending a staircase to the sound of the Nutcracker Suite and with ballerinas dancing, First Lady Melania Trump officially launched the White House celebration of Christmas.
Afterwards she tweeted out, “The decorations are up! @WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!”
The theme for the year, writes the Daily Mail, is ‘Time-Honored Traditions,’ with each room in the White House exhibiting its own theme. These include “a Gold Star tree…and a gallery of silhouettes of past presidents in the Green Room, acknowledging an early craft.”
The First Lady visited each room and the gathered visitors, at times asking the children, “What are your plans for Christmas?”, “Did you write your letter yet? Do you have any pets at home?”
On her way to the East Room, Melania walked down a dazzling walkway lined with white luminescent trees. Wearing a light cream colored dress, she entered the room and caused one boy to exclaim, “She’s beautiful, like an angel!”
Melania spent a long time with the kids and even participated in a group hug and picture taking.
The Daily Mail describes the scenes this way:
“The downstairs of the East Wing was fully decorated too, with reporters allowed into the Library, the Vermeil Room and the China Room before the first lady’s guests were let in.
“In the Dining Room, a table was set for Christmas dinner, featuring a table purchased for the White House by President James Monroe.
“Being good Republicans, the Trumps chose to adorn the table with President Ronald Reagan’s red and gold china.
“In the Library, the Trumps put out an 1866 edition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, protected by glass. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had read the story at the White House each year he was in office, the White House noted.
“Melania Trump continued her tour by sitting down with another group of children in what’s called the ‘Bookseller’s Area’ downstairs.
“There, they colored White House Christmas cards underneath a display of Christmas cards sent out by the president and first lady going back to the Dwight D. Eisenhower years.”
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