The Incredible Southern Detail in the White House's 2018 Christmas Decorations
One Southern city got a super special tribute.
Melania Trump swapped any dreams of a "White Christmas" this year for a resoundingly red one, as the newly revealed White House Christmas decorations for 2018 indicate.
As a White House press release shares, First Lady Melania Triump designed this year's "American Treasures"- themed Christmas decor around the idea of our country's unique heritage and patriotism.
"In the East Wing, the Gold Star Family tree returns. Decorated by Gold Star families, this tree honors all our troops and families who have sacrificed greatly to protect our freedoms," the press release states. "Gold stars and patriotic ribbon decorate the tree and visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided."
There are also 40 eye-catching red topiary trees along the East colonnade toward the East Garden Room, which houses the Trump family Christmas card and ornament. Red also shines brightly in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall with 14,000 red ornaments perched on nearly 30 trees. The red itself represents "an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers," serving as a symbol of bravery, as noted in the official statement.
The East Room showcases four iconic skylines in the form of custom mantelpieces: St.Louis from our neck of the woods, and New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. (Check out the 19-second mark in the virtual White House tour below to see the Gateway to the West looking resplendent.)
“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season,” said First Lady Melania Trump in the White House press release. “Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people. Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
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Curious to see how Melania dressed the White House up for Christmas last year? Check out these photos from the 2017 White House. Now, can we order a replica of that stunning St.Louis etching?