According to a White House press release, the theme for this year's Christmas is "The Spirit of America", a tribute to "traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great". Michelle Obama's gingerbread White House often had a replica of the family dog, B0.
Last year, her decorations went viral after a hallway full of red Christmas trees that sparked a social media storm of criticism.
Melania Trump adjusts decorations at the White House in this image from video released on December 1, 2019. Perched at the top of each are gilded eagles and features of the American flag.
While putting the finishing touches on the decor, Mrs. Trump embodied a sort of American spirit, herself, in a rich white cashmere and silk knit dress, custom-designed for her by Hervé Pierre. There are standard yearly decorations, such as the creche in the East Room, a remnant from the 16th century with figurines made in Italy, this year on display for the 52nd year in a row.
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The pastry team constructed the Gingerbread House out of 200 pounds of gingerbread dough, 125 pounds of pastillage dough, 35 pounds of chocolate and 25 pounds of royal icing.
Both the 2017 and 2018 Christmas decorations faced harsh criticism online for the unique choices of white, leafless branches lining the hallways and the red Christmas trees a year ago.
A fireplace mantle is decorated in the Green Room, which features beloved and classic Christmas tales. It is decorated with handmade paper flowers, and the décor on the Blue Room tree pays homage to the distinctive floral emblem of every state and territory.
The East Colonnade of the White House highlights a timeline of American design, innovation, and architecture ranging from colonial era houses to New York City's skyscrapers.
Last Monday the first lady welcomed the Christmas tree to the White House when it arrived in a horse-drawn wagon.
The gingerbread White House had monuments like the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.