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White House Celebrates Christmas in Classic Style, Embracing Christian Tradition

First Lady Melania Trump and her son, Barron, welcome the official White House Christmas Tree to the North Portico entrance of the White House, Monday, November 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The tree, presented by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisconsin, will be stand in Blue Room of the White House for the Christmas season. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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.

A detail of the baby Jesus is seen in a Nativity Scene in the East Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington Trump White House Christmas, Washington, USA – 27 Nov 2017. Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9243900ac).

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.”

Volunteers and White House Staff make decorate in preparation for the upcoming Christmas Season, Wednesday, November 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

First Lady Melania Trump examines the lighting decorations along the State Floor of the White House, Sunday evening, November 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, attended by President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, on the Ellipse, Thursday, November 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This year the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony celebrates its 95th year. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave to the crowd as they arrive to the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, Thursday, November 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This year the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony celebrates its 95th year. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

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