It’s that time of the year — when the White House sparkles with Christmas lights and is decked out in Christmas decorations.
First lady Melania Trump unveiled this year’s White House Christmas display on Monday. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of America,” which honors “those who have shaped our country and made it the place we are proud to call home,” the First Lady said in a statement.
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“The Spirit of America” is shining in the @WhiteHouse! I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season! pic.twitter.com/qGxxl9qBrd— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 2, 2019
Volunteers are hard at work at the @WhiteHouse. Thank you to all who came all across our great nation to decorate the People’s House. Looking forward to view it tomorrow evening! #ChristmasWhiteHouse🎄 pic.twitter.com/SUhhXr4DD7— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 30, 2019
Each year, the White House is decorated for Christmas by a team of dedicated volunteers! The White House Christmas decorations, carefully selected by @FLOTUS, will be on display beginning soon! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/xnOgqI9gg2— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 30, 2019
With the help of over 225 volunteers, the White House is now ready for the Christmas season.
The official White House Christmas tree, located in the Blue Room, has handmade paper flowers on it representing the flowers of each state. Additionally, the gingerbread house is over 200 pounds and portrays the White House’s South Portico as well as other landmarks from across the United States.
“[Melania Trump] and her team always do an amazing job getting the [White House] ready for Christmas!” former White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted in response.
The United States Marine Band playing live for the White House Christmas tour 🎼🎻🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/X8JqkpRIeS— Richie🎥McG🍿 (@RichieMcGinniss) December 2, 2019
Absolutely stunning Christmas decorations at the White House this year! pic.twitter.com/UxUdUQJDMV— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 2, 2019
The WH unveiled its Christmas Decorations this morning, including the official WH Christmas Tree in the Blue Room and many more trees on the State Floor. pic.twitter.com/mhDeCiFfbc— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 2, 2019
The official White House Christmas Tree serves as the centerpiece of each year's unique Christmas theme!— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 1, 2019
This year's tree:
🎄 5+ meters tall
🎄 16 years old
🎄 Displayed in the Blue Room pic.twitter.com/tdJoh1Tve0
The @WhiteHouse #ChristmasTree2019 has been delivered, and we look forward to appreciating the peace and joy it signifies all throughout the holiday season! Thank you to Snyder Family who brought us this tree, all the way from Pitman, PA. pic.twitter.com/M55AHQPHkX— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 25, 2019
Trump’s Christmas decorations don’t always receive a complete outpouring of support. Last year, she was bashed for a hall lined with red Christmas trees, as IJR previously reported.
At the time, the first lady responded to the criticism by telling a crowd at Liberty University that she thinks “they look fantastic” and welcomed people to visit the White House to see the trees in real life.
The first lady has previously shared how she rises above the criticism, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity in December 2018, “I do what I think is right. I know I will get the criticism – from the public or from the media – but I will do what is right and what I feel is right for the country and for the people.”
She also said, “That’s why I say I want to stay true to myself and listen to myself and what to do and what is right, what is wrong and live a meaningful life every day.”