From red to white: a peek at Melania's Christmas look

Clay Curtis
December 3, 2019

First Lady Melania Trump unveiled this year's White House Christmas decor, announcing the theme "The Spirit of America", which is a tribute to US traditions, customs and history.

American patriotism, which became socially acceptable again in late 2016, is evident throughout the Christmas decor at the White House, where traditional holiday green mingles with formidable red, white, and blue, and a gingerbread White House is flanked by models of famed American landmarks including Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.

Melania definitely toned things down this year and took a more classic approach, free from strange-looking trees.

Melania shared several photos of the decorations via her official Twitter account on Monday.

According to a news release from the White House, the decorations "celebrate the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive".

As always, the general public gets to experience Melania Trump's big Christmas unveiling via a video in which the famously private and taciturn first lady walks through whatever Calvin Klein commercial is playing in her mind and silently appraises random ornaments, wreaths, and origami stars hanging from the ceiling.

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The 2018 White House decorations were brutally criticized because they included 40 infamously creepy blood red trees.

More than 250 volunteers from all 50 states participate in the White House decorating each year.

A close-up of a tree in the State Dining Room.

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

The video shows Melania opening a White House Advent calendar, straightening a ring of roses around the fireplace and strolling through the brightly lit hallways of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The East Colonnade is a timeline of American design, innovation, and architecture.

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