First Lady Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

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The White House Christmas decorations have been unveiled. First lady Melania Trump spearheads the annual tradition. "Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people". There are nods to four major cities and their skylines including St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City, where Melania and President Donald Trump resided before taking office.'s Leigh Scheps ( has more.

Carolyn Kaster/APTopiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. A video of the decorations shows the first lady stoically parading through the East Wing, occasionally pausing to adjust a wreath or stray sprig of mistletoe.

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The White House ran with a crimson theme elsewhere, decking the Cross Hall and Grand Foyer halls with 14,000 red ornaments on 29 trees. You can spot other brightly colorful trees in the Vermeil room, where there are trees sparkling with blue and gold.

Granted, it's hard to make the White House look festive and cozy when the administration dropped tear gas on migrant children less than a day ago. Although she didn't speak to reporters, she wandered through the decorated rooms interacting with schoolchildren and was available for photo ops.

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This holiday season, the White House will host 100 December open houses and receptions, the same as a year ago.

A couple of new traditions for the Trumps were also visible: The Melania Trump "signature wreaths" (pine circles with red bows) that made their debut a year ago have returned, displayed on White House exterior windows.

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