Melania Trump unveils her final White House Christmas decorations
Melania Trump unveiled her final Christmas decorations at the White House on Monday, revealing a toned-down decor during a time the country is dealing with rising coronavirus cases and scaled-back holiday gatherings.
Her ‘America the Beautiful’ theme featured a room dedicated to front line workers, ornaments made by children across the country, and a stocking for Barron.
‘During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share “America the Beautiful” and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home,’ the first lady wrote on Twitter, where she previewed the classic red, gold and white decorations that fill the state rooms of the White House.
This year’s gingerbread house is the White House, made out of 275 pounds of gingerbread
Decorations in the red room are dedicated to first responders, front line workers and essential employees like grocery store workers
This year the East Colonnade, the site of last year’s infamous red trees, has urns containing plants from across the United States
The Official White House Christmas Tree sits in the Blue Room as the focus of the holiday decorations – it has bright yellow ribbons in contrast with the red ribbons on the rest of the trees
The China room is decorated as a kitchen; the fireplace has stockings for the president, first lady and for Barron
Melania Trump personally selected every detail of the holiday season, the East Wing said.
There are acknowledgements of the pandemic that has infected more than 13 million Americans and killed more than 267,000.
White House Decorations
106 Christmas Wreaths
62 Christmas trees
1,200 feet of garland
3,200 strands of lights
150 varieties of foliage and floral
160 children made ornaments for the official Christmas Tree
Gingerbread White House made of 275 pounds of gingerbread
The red room is dedicated to first responders, frontline workers and essential personnel like grocery store employees. The village scene on the fireplace mantel includes a hospital and grocery store.
The library focuses on notable women throughout history with ornaments featuring famous American women like the artist Georgia O’Keefe. The décor includes yellow roses, which was the symbol of the suffragettes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
The china room, which features examples of the china settings of every administration, is decorated like a kitchen. On the fire place are stockings for the president, first lady and Barron.
The official White House Christmas Tree – an 18 foot fraser fir that sits in the Blue Room – features 160 ornaments made from children across the country, who featured an item from their home state on their contribution. The ornament also features their name, age and their home state.
It is decorated with bright yellow bows to contrast the red bows that feature on the trees lining the main hallway through the state rooms.
In the main hallway are several dozen trees decorated in red ornaments with red and red plaid bows. Under the branches are gifts with labels such as ‘faith,’ ‘love,’ and ‘peace’ as a reminder that gifts come in many forms, according to the East Wing.
Gone are any controversial pieces like the red cranberry Christmas trees from two years ago that prompted many a social media meme. Instead, this year the White House is filled with foliage from across the country, yellow and white roses (roses are the national flower), and ornaments with traditional American symbols like the flag and the eagle.
The traditional gingerbread house – consisting of 275 pounds of gingerbread – is in the shape of the White House with, for the first time, the East and West Wings featured. Included in that is Melania Trump’s revamped Rose Garden, complete with tiny flowers with the stems made out of pasta.
The East Room focuses on transportation – above an ornament with the logo of the Space Force, which was started by President Trump
The main hallway that leads through the state rooms on the ground floor of the White House
The Marine Band plays at the White House holiday receptions
The green room has a wildlife theme
Presents are labeled with various values such as ‘love’ and ‘peace’
The decorations in the library are dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote
There are other traditional touches such as the White House crèche, now in its 53rd year on display and the Christmas tree dedicated to Gold Star families. That tree is draped in blue, the color of perseverance and justice, and the families who decorated it placed the name of their fallen family member on ribbon that will adorn the tree.
The East Room is dedicated to transportation with trains, planes and automobiles. Included in that is an ornament in the shape of Air Force One and a train labelled ‘White House Express’ that runs on a table in the center of the room. The décor celebrates innovation in technology from the first Transcontinental Railroad to the Apollo 11 lunar landing, including the logo of the Space Force, which was started by President Trump.
The Green Room is dedicated to wildlife and features a special glass panel hanging in each of the two windows – one featuring a deer and one a duck – that the light can shine through. The panels are made of multilayers of glass, giving them a stained glass effect.
The State Dining Room State features trees with decorated with yellow and white roses flowers – roses are the national flower – with custom made gold eagle tree toppers.
The East Colonnade, the site of last year’s infamous red trees, is much more toned back this year. Instead of trees, foliage from various states fill urns that line the walk way.
Christmas trees are covered in red bows and white lights for the Trumps’ final Christmas in the White House
Melania Trump unveiled the theme of ‘America the Beautiful’
Trains run through the White House as part of the decor
School children made ornaments for the official White House Christmas tree
Melania Trump examines the decorations for her final year as first lady
One ornament is in the shape of Air Force One
White roses are a part of the decor – roses are the national flower
Volunteers were in the White House this weekend to get the executive mansion ready for the holiday season.
The arrival of the White House’s iconic Christmas tree last Monday kicked off the holiday season, and on Saturday Melania Trump showed the preparations are well underway.
‘This weekend, volunteers from all across America have come to decorate the for the holiday season,’ she wrote in a social media post.
‘Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!’
First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday thanked the volunteers who helped decorate the White House for Christmas (pictured)
The White House in September said that a smaller group of volunteers would be approved this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: a volunteer hangs a Christmas wreath outside the White House
Pictured: a volunteer strings a garland around the White House as Melania Trump prepares for the traditional White House Christmas celebrations
Melania Trump: ‘Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!’
This is Melania Trump’s final year overseeing the holiday decor at the White House.
It comes after a recording released by her former friend and employee Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, reveals Melania complaining ‘who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff’ while discussing the traditional first lady task of decorating the executive mansion for the holiday.
The tapes were released when Wolkoff appeared on CNN on October 1, hours before it was announced Melania and Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Wolkoff was promoting her memoir, ‘Melania & Me,’ which portrays the first lady in an unflattering light.
Melania Trump has blasted the book as ‘idle gossip.’
The taped conversation appears to have taken place shortly after Melania visited an immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas, back in June 2018.
Pictured: a volunteer wearing a face mask fixes the red bow on a Christmas wreath as the White House prepares for Christmas
Melania Trump welcomes the arrival of the 2020 White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 23 in Washington D.C.
She huffed ‘give me a f***ing break’ while complaining about criticism she received for her husband’s policy of splitting up families who illegally crossed the border while at the same time having to decorate the White House for Christmas. The East Wing begins for the holiday season in June.
‘They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like [President Trump], I support him, I don’t say enough. I don’t do enough,’ Melania says.
‘Where I am. I put – I’m working like a – my a** off – at Christmas stuff that you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration? But I need to do it, right?
‘Ok, and then I do it. And I say that I’m working on Christmas planning for the Christmas. And they said, “Oh, what about the children that they were separated?”
‘Give me a f***ing break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?’ she said.
The White House Christmas tree this year is an 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia (pictured) and will be the centerpiece in the Blue Room
Photos shared by Melania on Saturday showed volunteers placing a ‘USA’ ornament on the 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia. It will be placed in the White House’s Blue Room as the centerpiece.
Volunteers were photographed stringing garlands along the pristine walls and hanging bow-cinched Christmas wreaths outside the White House.
At least two volunteers were seen wearing face masks after the White House said this holiday season would see new health policies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘In order to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all volunteers and entertainers, this year’s holiday season will include new policies in place that align with the guidance issued by Federal, State, and local officials,’ the White House wrote in a September statement.
A smaller number of volunteers were selected this year and volunteers were expected to wear face coverings.
Washington D.C. has recorded 21,308 coronavirus cases and 678 deaths as of Friday, when officials last updated the capitol’s dashboard.
The United States overall has recorded more than 13.4 million cases and 267,000 deaths.
The Surgeon General said that even the White House should follow CDC guidelines when it comes to holiday parties as the Trump administration plans to go forward with festive gatherings in the next few weeks.
‘We want everyone to understand that these holiday celebrations can be super spreader events, so we want them to be smart and we want them to be as small as possible,’ Dr. Jerome Adams said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ last week.
And that applies to the White House, where preparations are underway for the annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month.
‘Go to CDC.gov. Look at those tips for everyone. These apply to the White House, they apply to the American people, they apply to everyone. We want you to stay safe, so we can get to a vaccine,’ Adams said.
The parties this year will be smaller than they were in the past, a spokesperson for the first lady said.
‘The People’s House will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while providing the safest environment possible. This includes smaller guest lists, masks will be required and available, social distancing encouraged while on the White House grounds, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the State Floor,’ Melania’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham said.
She noted the food will be individually plated and all service staff will wear masks and gloves.
‘Attending the parties will be a very personal choice. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations,’ Grisham noted.
The White House Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9 and the congressional Christmas party is slated for December 10.
Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather in the ground floor state rooms at the White House.
And they are just two of the many receptions held in the holiday season. It’s not unusual for there to be an event every night the first few weeks of December as the first couple welcomes staff, supporters, party members and donors into the executive mansion to see the decorations and toast the season.