It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House. First Lady Melania Trump unveiled on Monday the 2020 White House holiday décor. This year’s theme “America the Beautiful” is a tribute to the “majesty of our great Nation,” the White House said in a press release. “The timeless treasures represented in this year’s holiday showcase remind us of the true American spirit. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home.”
“I am excited to announce this year’s White House holiday theme, ‘America the Beautiful,’” the first lady, 50, said in a statement. “Over the past four years I have had the honor to travel to some of our nation’s most beautiful landmarks and meet some of the most compassionate and patriotic American citizens. From coast to coast, the bond that all American’s share is an appreciation for our traditions, values, and history, which were the inspiration behind the decorations this year.”
President Donald Trump’s wife added, “Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for the holiday season. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”
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
The Blue Room of the People’s House is home to the official White House Christmas tree, which was delivered Nov. 23. The 18 and 1/2 foot tall Fraser fir features ornaments created by students who were asked “to artistically depict what makes their state beautiful by highlighting the people, places, and things that capture the spirit of the state in which they call home.” The Red Room of the White House pays tribute to “America’s everyday heroes who serve as first responders and frontline workers” with handmade ornaments that “highlight the many professionals and volunteers who serve their communities with a spirit of generosity.”
Stockings for the first family hang on the fireplace in the China Room, which houses the historic collection of presidential china patterns. Meanwhile, this year’s Gingerbread House—made from 275 pounds of gingerbread dough, 110 pounds of pastillage dough, 30 pounds of gum paste, 25 pounds of chocolate, and 25 pounds of royal icing—is on display on the eagle pier table in the State Dining room.
This weekend, volunteers from all across America have come to decorate the @WhiteHouse for the holiday season. Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House! #WHChristmas pic.twitter.com/k1VAqCpCgk— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2020
Sharing a video of the Christmas decorations, the first lady tweeted, “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.”