Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at All the Hard Work that Goes Into Decorating the White House for Christmas

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

The U.S. first lady Melania Trump’s patriotic-themed Christmas decorations in the White House wowed many as it honored the unique heritage of the U.S. and now the White House is revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the volunteers and staff.

In the Bookseller’s Room of the White House, the first family’s official Christmas ornament hangs on the tree by a shiny red ribbon, depicting the White House.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Volunteers and staff helped to decorate the White House. In the Red Room, volunteers are seen busy decorating trees and wrapping items. The decorations in the Red Room celebrate children.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Every little detail counts — cookies were prepared for upcoming White House holiday festivities. These are shaped like “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer.”

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

White House staff and chefs carried the famous White House gingerbread house, consisting of 225 pounds of gingerbread, into the State Dining Room of the White House, where there is also a full display of the National Mall.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

White House Pastry Chef Susan “Susie” Morrison prepared the gingerbread house in the China Room of the White House.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Susie and staff took a look at the gingerbread house, along with the first lady.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

In the Grand Foyer of the White House, volunteers and staff swiftly ensured every detail was complete. There are 14,000 ornaments on 29 trees in the Grand Foyer.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

The red Christmas trees — although they got some backlash — decorate the East Colonnade of the White House.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Two trees shine as they are covered in gold acorns and red ribbon, one on each side of the fireplace that has a portrait of the U.S. first President George Washington above in the Diplomatic Reception Room.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

The official White House Christmas tree soars 18 feet tall as the National Park Service staff pulled it into place in the Blue Room of the White House. The tree was then wrapped in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each State and territory.

Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti

Wreaths were placed on the outside of the White House by volunteers and staff.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

The first lady’s theme of “American Treasures” is shown on a red banner created by staff and volunteers, which was then hung up amongst the Christmas decorations.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

White House chefs delicately prepared a beautiful meal for the Christmas dinner that was held on December 7.

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

In the State Dining Room, the first lady took in the view of the glowing decorations that filled the room.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

In the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall of the White House, special lighting reflected a Christmas picture on the ceiling. In this area of the White House, the decorations were centered around “patriotism, the heart of America.”

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Keep the flour and sugar coming — more cookies were prepared at the White House.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

A luxurious dessert was prepared by White House chefs for the Christmas dinner that was held on December 7.

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

The photo of the Christmas dinner in the East Room of the White House shows every detail counts when setting the table for the first family’s holiday meal.

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

In the East Room, there are four 14-foot Noble fir trees that have 72 handmade paper ornaments on them. Each ornament represents six regions across the U.S.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

The hanging wreaths and Christmas lighting can be seen from outside the White House.

Official White House Photo by Keegan Barber

“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season,” the first lady said in a statement when she revealed the decorations, as IJR Red reported.

“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.”

Watch the IJR video below:

President Donald Trump and the first lady recently shared their beautiful Christmas portraits, in which they stood hand in hand as they celebrated their second Christmas in the White House, as IJR Red reported.

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