Critics Bash First Lady Melania Trumpâ??s White House Christmas Decorations

Posted December 01, 2017

Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has been holding a competition for the official White House Blue Room tree.

First Lady Melania Trump is spearheading Christmas decorating efforts at the White House.

At the annual lighting of the national Christmas tree, President Trump said Thursday evening the holiday reminds Americans that "each one of us is a child of God".

The night was a big outing for the Trump family, including the president's daughters Tiffany and Ivanka, who was with her three children and husband, Jared Kushner; as well as his son Donald Jr and his wife Vanessa.

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The record for the number of trees in the White House was held for many years by the Eisenhower administration when 26 trees filled every floor of the house. During the presidential campaign, he complained that saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" amounted to "chipping away at Christianity". "It says "happy holidays" all over", Donald Trump proclaimed in the past.

The 350-pound (160-kilogram) gingerbread house in the State Dining Room offers a view of the White House from the South Lawn, with wreaths on every window and a US flag flying from its sugary rooftop.

The decorations continue a tradition that dates back decades.

In a video the First Lady posted on Twitter, viewers can see the nativity scene, which shows Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus with a crown, as well as other stunning Christmas decorations.

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More than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours over the holiday weekend decking the White House halls.

The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays.

They used about 12,000 ornaments, more than 1,000 feet of garland, and 53 Christmas trees to create this year's festive look.

One Twitter user pointed out that the dimly lit hallway lined with dead branches painted white looks like the ideal spot to tape a "Stranger Things" scene.

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