I simply love this time of year and I adore how First Lady Melania Trump decorates the White House. It harkens back to more traditional American times and is just lovely beyond words. Melania unveiled her delightful Christmas decor at the White House on Sunday night — and this year the First Lady chose to go with a patriotic theme.
“‘The Spirit of America’ is shining in the [White House!,” Melania captioned a video of a tour of the Christmas decor via Twitter: “I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season!” That it does indeed and much, much more. If you love this time of year and the beautiful decorations as well as the tributes to Jesus and our Christian faith, you will really take to these decorations. It makes me want to watch all my favorite Christmas movies all over again.
From The Daily Wire:
“And, indeed, the “Spirt of America” is on full display, this year. Mrs. Trump chose decorations that paid homage to lost service members and Gold Star families and gave a nod to each state and territory.
“A Gold Star Family Tree — adorned with golden stars and patriotic ribbons in honor of those who lost an immediate family member serving in the armed forces — greets visitors to the East Wing,” the New York Post reports. “The official White House Christmas tree, towering more than 18 feet tall, is decorated with handmade paper flowers representing the floral emblems of each state and territory.”
“In the State Dining room, a gingerbread house on display features the South Portico of the White House and landmarks from across the country, including the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, Space Needle, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, the Gateway Arch and the Liberty Bell,” the report added.
“The Spirit of America” is shining in the @WhiteHouse! I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season! pic.twitter.com/qGxxl9qBrd
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 2, 2019
“Mrs. Trump also featured a tree ornament spelling out the words “Be Best,” a nod to her prime initiative as First Lady. According to WhiteHouse.gov, the mission of the initiative “is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. BE BEST will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.”
“The night before the unveiling, Mrs. Trump posted photos of volunteers from across the country helping to decorate “the People’s House.”
“Volunteers are hard at work at the [White House]. Thank you to all who came all across our great nation to decorate the People’s House. Looking forward to view it tomorrow evening! #ChristmasWhiteHouse,” she captioned the photos.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 2, 2019
“But the decor has been in the works since July, reports TIME magazine:
“The 2019 White House holiday decor has been in the works for months. The First Lady began her planning back in July, according to a White House statement. “She was dead on schedule,” says Coleen Christian Burke, author of Christmas with the First Ladies, a book that chronicles Christmas at the White House starting from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Michelle Obama.
“When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard-working people and families that I meet,” the First Lady said in a statement, according to the Post.
“No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation,” she added. “Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”’
Volunteers are hard at work at the @WhiteHouse. Thank you to all who came all across our great nation to decorate the People’s House. Looking forward to view it tomorrow evening! #ChristmasWhiteHouse🎄 pic.twitter.com/SUhhXr4DD7
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 30, 2019
“It is with great joy that our family welcomes you to the White House this holiday season as we celebrate the Spirit of America. During your visit, we hope you enjoy our tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make our country great,” the Trump family said in a guidebook for the decorations. “Since our founding, courageous individuals have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive.”
White House Christmas 2019 By The Numbers:
- 106 Christmas wreaths
- 58 Christmas trees
- More than 800 feet of garland
- More than 2,500 strands of lights
- More than 15,000 bows
- More than 400 gold stars
- More than 4,000 floral stem varieties
- 200 pounds of gingerbread
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 24, 2019
It’s so wonderful to just wrap yourself in the season and forget politics and all our other worries. The First Lady welcomed the official Christmas tree of the Trump White House on November 25. This year’s tree comes from Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pitman, Pennsylvania. The tree was delivered to the front door of the White House by a horse-drawn carriage. Melania has been planning for Christmas for months and she’s right on schedule much to the delight of Americans.
The First Lady wrote: “Special delivery! The @WhiteHouse is excited to welcome its #ChristmasTree for 2019. This beautiful tree was grown by the Snyder family from Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pitman, PA. We are excited to display this tree in the Blue Room of the People’s House!”
In Christian theology, the 12 days of Christmas is the period between the birth of Jesus Christ and the coming of the three wise men. The period begins on December 25 and runs through January 6. This patriotic tribute makes the celebration all the more special this year. Every little detail takes the season and celebration into account. I have a feeling it will be a very Merry Christmas!