The National Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony that starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the White House. The theme for this year is "Time-Honored Traditions", and included in that is a handsome nativity scene.
First Lady Melania Trump proudly showed off DC's newest winter wonderland to children from Joint Base Andrews Monday.
"The decorations are up!" "@WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! That is what makes every Christmas merry". The tradition began in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge and takes place in President's Park, just south of the White House.
The White House unveiled its holiday decorations this week, issuing a video (below) of the Balsam fir trees sparkling with lights and ornaments adorning rooms throughout the White House. LifeSiteNews.com reports that there are also cookies, bows, candles, and other reminders of the holiday season.
The last eight years of official White House Christmas cards all neglected to mention Christmas, President Obama opting instead for all-inclusive terms such as "Seasons Greetings".
To cheers from the audience, Mr. Trump declared, "Now as the president of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas". That is the true source of joy this time of the year.
In 2017, that Christmas spirit is now on full display at the White House. "It says "happy holidays" all over", Donald Trump proclaimed in the past. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and USA territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room. "We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants".