Published: Tue, December 03, 2019

Melania Trump unveils patriotic-themed Christmas decorations

Melania Trump unveils patriotic-themed Christmas decorations

First Lady Melania Trump has transitioned the Trump White House Christmas aesthetic from last year's daunting Yuletide Black Lodge theme to something like a repeat of 2017's cold, detached Fortress of Solitude motif.

"I am delighted to share this lovely exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the Christmas season!" she wrote.

Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas, incorporating red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with her family's annual ornament, the American flag.

Melania Trump adjusts decorations at the White House in this image from video released on December 1, 2019.

As is tradition, volunteers from all 50 states descended on the White House like elves, hanging the 800 feet of garlands, tying 15,000 bows and stringing more than 2,500 strands of lights. The Green Room displays "classic Christmas tales" along with the White House Advent calendar. She fought back social media criticism of her red White House Christmas trees at the time and said, "it's the 21st Century".

Speaking of tree ornaments, the camera made sure to zero in on a Scrabble-themed decoration spelling out the name of the first lady's grammatically challenged and nebulously defined anti-bullying and/or anti-opioid abuse initiative Be Best.

The First Lady's Office also released a video previewing Monday's release of the decorations to the public.

A decorated tree stands next to the portrait of President George Washington in the East Room.

The White House's official Christmas tree for the year is a 16-year-old Douglas Fir on display in the Blue Room, according to the White House Twitter account.

President Trump did not mention the White House makeover in an early-morning Twitter tirade Monday, before he departed for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in the United Kingdom.

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