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Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

27 November 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"I feel as though I have finally won the Super Bowl, It's a great honor to represent the Christmas tree industry by providing the Official White House Christmas Tree in 2018", Smith said in a statement.

Ornaments with the logo of first lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” initiative hang over a mantel at the White House in Washington D.C. on Nov. 26 2018

The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall features a stunning display of 29 trees decorated with more than 14,000 red ornaments.

Fitting this year's decor theme "American Treasures", the one-minute video shows Trump clad in all-black strolling through an ominous sea of pointed, blood-red cone-shaped trees, touching various ornaments displaying miniature USA landmarks, and looking at blue-and-gold trees.

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In the East Wing stands the Gold Star Family tree which honors the troops and families who have sacrificed in the name of freedom. Forty red topiary trees line the East Colonnade and have already been the subject of conversation on social media. The tree is decorated with patriotic ribbon and invites guests to write digital messages to loved ones on duty and overseas.

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Decorations in the East Room are meant to show the "diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design" - and include four custom mantelpieces that depict the skylines of St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City.

Melania and Donald Trump pictured last week at the White House. If they then enter the East Garden Room, they'll see the First Family's Christmas card and ornament.

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Another view of the decorations in the Red Room, decorated to highlight "Be Best". The State Dining Room celebrates national symbols, including "the bald eagle, the rose, and the oak tree".

Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations