Source: Twitter via WhiteHouse
With the theme “American Treasures” First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the White House Christmas decorations for 2018.
Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled Christmas at the White House 2018: “American Treasures,” a vibrant celebration of our Nation's heritage.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 28, 2018
In keeping with White House tradition the First Lady designed the layout herself, which features a stunning array of Christmas ornaments, festive trees and a gingerbread house replica of the National Mall.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018
Red topiary trees line the East colonnade, with the White House revealing, “The choice of red is an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers. It’s a symbol of valor and bravery.”
The decorations also include a Gold Star tree decorated by Gold Star families in honor of U.S. troops and their families. Visitors are encouraged to write messages on digital tablets to those serving both at home and abroad.
The President and First Lady kicked off the yuletide season by welcoming the official White House Christmas tree, which arrived via horse-drawn carriage before being installed in the Blue Room. Standing at 18-feet tall, the official White House Christmas tree is bedecked with over 500 feet of blue ribbon, with each U.S. state and territory embroidered in gold.
“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas season,” the First Lady announced. “Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people.”
It is estimated approximately 30,000 people will view the Christmas decorations during the more than 100 open houses and receptions the White House will host during December.