Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations to mixed reviews

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They're arguably one of the most talked about couples who have ever lived in the White House and Donald Trump has hit back at claims that his wife hates being First Lady of the United States.

"As a magazine tailored to women it is shameful that they continue to write salacious and false stories meant to demean Mrs Trump, rather than focus on her positive work as First Lady as a supportive wife and mother", she said.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and US territory.

First lady Melania Trump stands with her son Barron as the official White House Christmas tree is delivered to the White House. "The decorations are up! On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season". Melania, who looked stunning in a cream dress and gold belt, also welcomed a group of children from a nearby military base in Maryland to spend the day making arts and crafts at the White House. One boy said, "She's lovely, like an angel!"

"So you want to show me how to do it?" she asked after sitting at a table with four students.

This Christmas will be the first for a family tramp in the walls of the White house, so the first lady made a decision to take over the decoration of the official residence.

"Ornaments are hung on a Christmas tree in the Red Room at the White House". For her entrance from the residence into the Grand Lobby, ballet dancers performed to The Nutcracker.


"A Nativity scene and Christmas trees are seen during a preview of holiday decorations in the East Room".

Next, the China Room "is set up for a family Christmas dinner, with the table displaying the china from President Ronald Reagan".

"Christmas decorations are seen in the Red Room".

The White House gingerbread house this year is a mini replica of the actual building.

A mistletoe hangs over the doorway going from the Green Room into the Blue Room at the White House.

This year, visitors to the White House will find "a tribute to our service members and their families with the Gold Star Family Tree, which has been decorated with gold stars and patriotic ribbon", the First Lady's office explained of this year's decorations.

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