The First Family is preparing to celebrate their first Christmas in the White House, and the theme this year, as designed by First Lady Melania Trump, is “Time-Honored Traditions.”
Decorations have been put up throughout the White House.
The Gold Star Christmas Tree took priority, honoring America’s bravest.
The tree is decorated with gold stars and patriotic ribbons, and it is the first Christmas decoration to be seen on the White House tour.
The families and friends of service members are encouraged to write messages which will be sent digitally to their loved ones.
From the White House press release:
In the East Wing, visitors 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. Visitors are encouraged to write a message to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided.
A Gold Star Christmas Tree has been displayed in the White House in Decembers passed, but each administration makes their own Christmas unique.
First Lady Melania Trump says the theme this year means to promote “a sense of being home for the holidays.”
The White House press release continues:
“The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us. I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays. On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.”
Throughout the month of December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses and many receptions. More than 25,000 visitors will walk the halls taking part in public tours.
With so many visitors expected this year, the Gold Star Christmas Tree took special priority, and it uses the latest interactive technologies to allow visitors an easy way to send special greetings to family members who give their all in service to our country.
The Daily Caller reports:
Upon entering the White House for a Christmas tour, visitors will see the Gold Star Tree. The Gold Star Tree will honor service members and their families, particularly those who have given their lives for our country. The tree will be decorated with gold stars and patriotic ribbon. The tree will also be interactive, allowing visitors to write holiday messages to be sent to service members digitally.
[…] The first lady placing the Gold Star tree as the first thing visitors will see when entering the White House sends a powerful pro-military message all Americans can agree upon.
Throughout the White House, “time-honored traditions” are celebrated, including a hall dedicated to the first White House themed Christmas, which was the “Nutcracker Suite,” which was decorated in 1961.
Other celebrated traditions include a storytelling theme in the White House Library, “dining and hospitality” in the China Room, the First Lady’s signature wreaths in the State Dining Room, and “holiday treats” in the Red Room.