White House unveils Christmas decorations designed by First Lady

A forest of red trees line the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington D.C. on Nov. 26 2018

The White House ran with a crimson theme elsewhere, decking the Cross Hall and Grand Foyer halls with 14,000 red ornaments on 29 trees. The sunny hallway is lined with two columns of pine trees that are solid red and lack decorations.

Melania Trump, the United States First lady, has now unveiled the 2018 White House Christmas Decorations with a patriotic theme "American Treasures" recognizing America's "unique heritage". "It is a symbol of valor and bravery", said the first lady's office, which is customarily responsible for the decor, in a statement. But Melania Trump chose to sit this one out. Shots of "Be Best" branded tree ornaments and a wreath constructed entirely out of promotional pencils serve as a nice reminder of that time the first lady launched a (grammatically awkward) policy initiative created to tackle a vaguely defined spectrum of issues, including childhood bullying and opiate abuse. A video of the decorations shows the first lady stoically parading through the East Wing, occasionally pausing to adjust a wreath or stray sprig of mistletoe.

Sometimes it wasn't all festive. Meanwhile, the Gold Star Family tree pays tribute to troops.

Ornaments with the logo of first lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” initiative hang over a mantel at the White House in Washington D.C. on Nov. 26 2018
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See the highlights in these photos of the decorations.

This holiday season, the White House will host 100 December open houses and receptions, the same as past year.

Also on display are the customary gingerbread house and the traditional White House tree, which stands at 5.5 meters tall. At the end of the media tour, reporters were handed small custom green-and-red boxes of Hershey's Kisses, the official token of Christmas at the White House 2018.

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