A ME­LA­NIA CHRIST­MAS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Mark­ing her se­cond Christ­mas in the White House, first lady Me­la­nia Trump has em­pha­sized the “spirit of pa­tri­o­tism” in stun­ning dec­o­ra­tions which show­case Amer­i­can trea­sures in tra­di­tional style.

“Our theme hon­ors the heart and spirit of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” said Mrs. Trump, who mas­ter­minded the de­sign of the hol­i­day set­ting.

The East Wing in par­tic­u­lar fea­tures the Gold Star Fam­ily tree, dec­o­rated by mil­i­tary fam­i­lies who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.

“For the 51st year, the White House Creche will also be on dis­play,” the White House noted. “In the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall — pa­tri­o­tism, the heart of Amer­ica — takes cen­ter stage with more than 14,000 red or­na­ments hang­ing from 29 trees. 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 of­fi­cial White House Christ­mas tree soars 18 feet tall, care­fully ar­rayed in over 500 feet of blue vel­vet rib­bon em­broi­dered in gold, des­ig­nat­ing each state and ter­ri­tory.

WHITE HOUSE

First Lady Me­la­nia Trump has em­pha­sized pa­tri­o­tism as a theme for the White House Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions this year.

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