Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

The 2017 White House Christmas Decorations

The 2017 White House Christmas Decorations

"So important to thank our service members for their service, especially those away from their families during the holidays", the first lady tweeted.

"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" read the 2017 card signed by Donald, Melania and their son, Barron Trump. When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a "non-religious Christmas" - hardly a surprising idea for an administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths.

Depending on your social media platform of choice - and whom you follow on it - Melania Trump's November 27 reveal of this year's White House Christmas decorations was either a magical glimpse of a stunning winter wonderland or a nightmare pulled straight out of a horror movie. And she's now ringing in Christmas at the White House in an era when Dictionary.com's word of the year is "complicit".

Vanity Fair's Sarah Ellison wrote that in 2014, Trump was more serious than ever about a White House run, and he consulted Melania.

After Melania Trump unveiled holiday decor at the White House Monday, people were quick to point out a particular decoration that could have been done away with.

Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs. Trump's window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end. This year's theme is "Time-Honored Traditions" and involves more than 1,000 feet of garland, 18,000 feet of lights, 3,100-yards of ribbon, 12,000 ornaments, and 53 Christmas trees.

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The tradition of hanging a Christmas tree upside down from the ceiling is an old one in Central and Eastern Europe. And, as Chris Nucifora said, it was good to have some advice from people with tree-cutting experience.

The Obamas never used the word "Christmas" on any of their eight Christmas cards.

That's a change from the Obama years, when the annual cards offered more generic sentiments of "Season's Greetings" or wishes for happy holidays.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory.

On the State Floor of the White House, the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall celebrate the first themed White House Christmas, which was the "Nutcracker Suite" in 1961.

The standout feature, however, would have to be the 160-kilogram gingerbread house in the State Dining Room of the White House.

Next, the China Room "is set up for a family Christmas dinner, with the table displaying the china from President Ronald Reagan".

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