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The 2017 White House Christmas Decorations
29 November 2017, 12:35 | Tara Lloyd
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The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall were decorated with multiple Christmas trees covered in crystal ornaments and artificial snow inspired by the "Nutcracker Suite" theme of the 1961 White Householiday decorations. "It says "happy holidays" all over".
"The White House Gingerbread House is seen in the State Dining Room".
That included a retweet by Trump on Tuesday of a tweet by his wife in which she relayed that "the decorations are up! I want to see Christmas".
More recently, President Trump repeated his pledge at last October's Voter Values Summit saying: "They don't use the word 'Christmas" because it's not politically correct.
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.
Melania Trump has been conspicuously inconspicuous through her husband's first year in office, eschewing much of the public role of the first lady that her modern predecessors have embraced.
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The 350-pound 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 USA flag flying from its sugary rooftop.
The holiday celebrating begins later Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue well into December with receptions and parties just about every day sometimes two a day for the next several weeks.
The library at the White House with a tree made of books, during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017.
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Next, the China Room "is set up for a family Christmas dinner, with the table displaying the china from President Ronald Reagan". Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and US territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room.
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