With Christmas only weeks away, the Trump family debuted decorations at the White House. First Lady Melania spearheaded the decorating process, choosing the theme and overseeing the decor choices. This year’s theme is “Time-honored Traditions.” According to Time, Melania said in a statement, “I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays.” Keep reading to see if Melania’s decor evokes feelings of being home for the holidays.
According to The Detroit News, among the new decorations Melania introduced this year are wreaths with red bows on the exterior of every White House window. Melania’s decorating style is more elegant and refined than the White House Christmas decor of years past. Although every Christmas the White House has awe-inspiring decorations, Melania’s choice of decorations is stunning. However, they doesn’t convey the same amount of fun or personality as Trump’s predecessor.
See a gingerbread version of the White House
One of the most jaw-dropping pieces on display this holiday season at the White House is a massive gingerbread house. A gingerbread replica of the White House sits in the State Dining Room, according to House Beautiful. No detail was overlooked on the 350-pound gingerbread house. Visitors can see wreaths with red bows on every window of the gingerbread version just like the real White House.
More than 150 people helped decorate
More than 150 volunteers spent Thanksgiving weekend decorating the White House. According to House Beautiful, volunteers spent 1,600 hours decorating. They used more than 18,000 lights to bring Melania’s theme to life. CNN says volunteers hung 12,000 ornaments and more than 3,000 yards of ribbon.
Garland is everywhere
According to House Beautiful, volunteers used over 1,000 feet of garland. The greenery can be seen on bannisters, mantles, and doorways. Garland given the appearance of a fresh snowfall covers the doorway in the Grand Foyer and matches the snow-covered Christmas tree also on display in the foyer. Garland is on full display in the North Portico surrounding light fixtures.
A total of 53 Christmas trees are on display
In the East Room, two Christmas trees are on either side of a traditional nativity scene. A larger number of trees can be seen in Cross Hall. Trees line both sides of the Hall. Each tree is snow-covered with warm white lights reflecting off the tiled floor.
The library has a Book ‘tree’
The library in the White House has it’s own version of a Christmas tree. The decor is a nod to last year’s decor made from pencils and crayons. In the center of the room, there’s a “tree” made from books. The colors are more subdued than those used in 2016 but are in line with the traditional theme.
The halls are decked
Volunteers took the classic Christmas carol literally when it said to “deck the halls” because the halls and hallways are most certainly decked in the White House. A hallway in the East Wing is filled with containers of branches. The texture and color of the branches combined with the lighting techniques used by the volunteers make for a stunning view. As visitors walk down the hall, they can see a Christmas tree with red ornaments at the end of the hall.
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