Following a longstanding tradition among first ladies, Melania Trump once again took the lead in decorating the White House ahead of the Christmas holiday.
As confirmed in a White House press release this week, her work is now unveiled for the American public to see.
“Some of our nation’s most beautiful landmarks”
This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful,” and the decorations generally pay homage to the natural beauty and extraordinary people — both famous and unknown — who have made this nation great.
“I am excited to announce this year’s White House holiday theme, ‘America the Beautiful,'” the first lady explained in her statement.
Trump went on to recall her own experiences since entering the White House, including traveling to “some of our nation’s most beautiful landmarks” and meeting Americans from all walks of life.
“From coast to coast, the bond that all Americans share is an appreciation for our traditions, values, and history, which were the inspiration behind the decorations this year,” she added.
The first lady concluded by expressing gratitude to “all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for the holiday season” and wishing “everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”
White House provides virtual walkthrough
Along with the press release came a walkthrough of the first lady’s decorations, including the Gold Star Families Tree, a main East Wing feature dedicated to those who lost loved ones in service to the United States.
During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share “America the Beautiful” and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home. #WHChristmas pic.twitter.com/fdZmB3rdXL
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 30, 2020
Other features displayed various natural wonders and wildlife from across the nation, such as a tree from each state. A presentation of holiday trimmings from prior administrations including a display of official Christmas cards from each of the prior 12 presidents.
Other highlights include the official White House Christmas tree, decorated this year with ornaments created by young artists from all 50 states.
As for second lady Karen Pence, she unveiled the decoration at the vice president’s residence in D.C. as part of this year’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” theme.