On Monday, Americans nationwide got a preview of a very merry White House Christmas. Thanks to the help of about 150 volunteers, the “People's House,” as First Lady Melania Trump refers to it, features 53 trees, 71 wreaths, and trimmings to put all other trimmings to shame.
The theme of this year's decorations is “Time-Honored Traditions,” and odes to the Trumps' various predecessors can be seen throughout the iconic American home.
“Mrs. Trump personally selected every detail of this year's holiday season at the White House,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN in a statement.
While all of the decorations are enough to make any Grinch's heart grow three sizes, there's one detail that may have been overlooked.
In the library, there is a tree, but instead of needles and branches, there are spines and pages. On the five tiers of round shelves are a variety of books, including “World of Golf” and James Patterson's “Cat and Mouse.”
Also on one of the shelves is a book titled “American Mourning” by Catherine Moy and Melanie Morgan.
According to the Abe Books website, “American Mourning” is the true story of two American soldiers — Casey Sheehan and Justin Johnson — who were friends since their days at Fort Hood, Texas, but were killed in Iraq. The biography recounts how the two families, who shared the loss, dealt with it in drastically different ways.
While Johnson's father returned to Iraq to avenge his son's death, Sheehan's mom became an anti-war activist and blamed President George W. Bush. The book has been praised for the powerful truth within its pages and the tribute it pays to all U.S. service members.
“What is so conflicting in America today is that so many profess not to know why we fight to keep this country free,” Thomas G. McInerney wrote in the foreword. “Our men and women are not dying in vain. On the contrary, history will show they have delayed the spread of terror and they are winning the war on terror.”
The book was just one of many decorations dedicated to the brave men and women who have served our country and the families who have been forced to carry on without them.
In the East Wing is the Gold Star Family Tree, which is decorated with patriotic ribbon and gold stars as a tribute to fallen service members and their loved ones — a tradition that was passed on to the Trumps by President Barack Obama and his family.
Watch below, via the White House.