1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a festive place to be this Christmas season. First Lady Melania Trump unveiled this year’s decorations over the weekend, excited to celebrate the Trump family’s first Christmas in the White House. The theme of this year’s White House Christmas décor is “Time-Honored Traditions”, which pays homage to American Christmas traditions of the past 200 years.
Among this year’s decorations are Christmas trees with glittering ornaments, wreaths in each window, and a 300-pound gingerbread replica of the White House. The White House library holds a Christmas tree made from stacked books, along with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1866 edition of A Christmas Carol. The East Wing pays tribute to American service members, featuring the Gold Star Family Tree decorated with gold stars and ribbon. The China Room has been decorated to host family Christmas dinners, its table displaying china from the Reagan era.
“The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us”.
But what stood out to most Americans was the beautiful nativity scene revealed by Melania Trump in a video posted by the First Lady on Twitter. The set shows Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus wearing a crown.
To the delight of many Americans, the Trump family has embraced the role of faith in the holiday by keeping Christ in Christmas. After an eight-year period in which most felt that they couldn’t even wish their neighbor a merry Christmas, Americans are proud to see President Trump and his family reminding us all of the reason for the season.
“On behalf of my husband and Barron,” Melania said, “I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.”