Ever since Donald Trump became a serious contender for President of the United States, there have been rumors that now First Lady Melania Trump was, shall we say, an unwilling participant in the whole thing. They embraced her and she then sat down to make Christmas decorations with them.
This year's theme, 'Time-Honored Traditions, ' piggybacked on that, which each room paying homage to a tradition, including a Gold Star tree, a way to respect fallen troops, and a gallery of silhouettes of past presidents in the Green Room, acknowledging an early craft.
During Michelle Obama's first holiday season in the White House, she had her trees decorated with "recycled" decorations.
The magazine cited a longtime friend of the Trumps, who said that the distinction of first lady "isn't something she wanted and it isn't something [Donald Trump] ever thought he'd win", and added, "I don't think she thought it was going to happen". Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!
Among the new touches this year: On the outside, wreaths topped with red bows adorn every White House window. Melania needs to add one more scene this year. The decorations include 18,000 feet of lights, 12,000 ornaments, 3,000-plus yards of holiday ribbon and 1,000 feet of garlands. A separate tree near the East Wing entrance is dedicated to families that lost loved ones in the military.
The White House gingerbread house is the star in the State Dining Room.
"She seriously looks like an angel", another child exclaimed when they saw Trump during the Christmas event.
The holiday celebrations get underway Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks, including a party Friday for the news media.
In response, Melania's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN, "Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the president".
Though some felt as though the White House should be inclusive of all holidays in their decor and celebrations, many applauded the Trump family for focusing on Christmas. According to the AP, the tree is decorated with ornaments that display the seals of every state and USA territory.