According to a White House press release, the theme for this year’s Christmas is “The Spirit of America,” a tribute to “traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great.”
“Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations celebrate the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive,” reads the press release.
“‘The Spirit of America’ is shining in the WhiteHouse!” the First Lady wrote alongside a video posted to Twitter on Sunday night. “I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the Christmas season!”
“The Spirit of America” is shining in the @WhiteHouse! I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season! pic.twitter.com/qGxxl9qBrd
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 2, 2019
The East Colonnade of the White House highlights a timeline of American design, innovation, and architecture ranging from colonial era houses to New York City’s skyscrapers.
Guests entering the East Room are greeted by four star-spangled Christmas trees, adorned with golden eagle toppers. Inspired by the American flag, the room’s decorations also feature mirrored gold stars and blue and red ribbons.
The Blue Room is again dominated by the official White House Christmas tree, a traditional highlight of the season. Towering more than 18 feet tall, this Douglas fir is decorated with handmade paper flowers representing each state and territory.
In the State Dining Room, a gingerbread White House continues to showcase some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. This masterpiece is built from 200 pounds of gingerbread and coated with 25 pounds of royal icing and 35 pounds of chocolate. It features the South Portico, surrounded by miniature models of Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, the Alamo, the Space Needle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
“When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard working people and families that I meet,” said Melania Trump, according to the press release. “No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation.”
“Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”