Melania Trump lightens up White House Christmas decor after red-tree controversy
Dec 04 2019
The tradition of US President's wife decorating the White House for Christmas dates back to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, who put up the the first official White House Christmas tree in 1929 - and Melania has perpetuated this tradition with a somewhat mixed reception over the years.
This year's decorations include the official White House Christmas tree, an 18-foot-tall tree displayed in the Blue Room.
In the almost one-minute video you can see the first lady wearing a cream-colored coat, a matching dress and high heels of the same color as she walks down the halls of the White House. A White House staffer noted to CNN the garland, though incredibly lifelike, was actually made of faux flowers, though real ones were placed in gold holders on a long dining room table.
Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House this year.
It's Christmas time at the White House, which means that the world is once again given a small glimpse at the decked out halls.
Guests entering the East Room are greeted by four star-spangled Christmas trees, adorned with golden eagle toppers. Features of the American flag are incorporated throughout the room, with red symbolizing bravery and valor, and blue symbolizing perseverance and justice.
In the State Dining Room, where the iconic gingerbread White House is on display, there are also replicas of other famous American landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Gateway Arch, the Statue of Liberty, the Alamo, and the Seattle Space Needle.
The pastry team constructed the Gingerbread House out of 200 pounds of gingerbread dough, 125 pounds of pastillage dough, 35 pounds of chocolate and 25 pounds of royal icing.
Last year's theme was 'American Treasures, ' and included red trees made entirely out of artificial holly berries.
The Red Room had trees made out of playing cards that had the Trumps' seals, as well as their signatures, as an homage to childhood games.
This is the third Christmas the Trump family has celebrated in the White House.
The East Colonnade is a timeline of American design, innovation, and architecture.