Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during the Christmas press preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26

The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during the Christmas press preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26

The 96th National Christmas tree lighting ceremony is Wednesday, Nov. 28, hosted by President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

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First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the White House Christmas decorations on Monday, including this year's show-stopping tree.

Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has
Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has

The festive ceremony dates back to 1923 during Calvin Coolidge's presidency. It includes replicas of the Capitol, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Washington Monument and the White House, complete with tiny green wreaths with red ribbons on each window.

Every state is represented with an ornament from sponsoring organizations.

Still, Americans take great pride in the White House.

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The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall has 29 trees with more than 14,000 red ornaments and plenty of twinkling lights. "Our theme honours 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.

Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Nov. 26, 2018. "On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".

"The new White House Christmas decorations video is here, and this time Melania's installed a whole hallway full of...(checks notes)...blood trees", a film critic tweeted.

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The East Wing features a Gold Star Family Tree - decorated by Gold Star families - which honors the troops and families who have fought for the country's freedom. Visitors are encouraged to use digital tablets to write messages to those who are now serving. The State Dining Room celebrates national symbols, including "the bald eagle, the rose, and the oak tree".

The East Room, according to the White House, is meant to showcase the "diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design", which was done with four custom mantelpieces.

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