First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2017

Editor’s Note by Deborah Baber Savalla: Before relocating permanently to Ventura County, California, I lived in New York City for 30 years. I was a member of Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, the first Reform Jewish Congregation in Manhattan. I had long been in the habit of saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. It was my “inclusive” way of acknowledging both my Jewish and Christian heritage. I delighted in saying the words to anyone and everyone throughout the season. Also, almost without fail for decades, I walked along Fifth Avenue at least one night to see all the Christmas decorations and other holiday fare. It thrilled me and I was joy-filled!

Earlier today I happened upon our First Lady Melania Trump’s tweet of her unveiling “Christmas at the White House 2017”. My spirit soared seeing our White House, the People’s House, decked out for Christmas! It was beautiful, elegant, traditional, and moving. So in the finest American tradition, “Merry Christmas, Everyone”



The White House | Office Of The First Lady | November 27, 2017

The First Family will celebrate their first Christmas in the White House with a nod to tradition. This year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions” was designed by First Lady Melania Trump to pay respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House.

In the East Wing, visitors find a tribute to our service members and their families with the Gold Star Family Tree, which has been decorated with gold stars and patriotic ribbon. Visitors are encouraged to write a message to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided.

After passing through the East colonnade, visitors will see the China Room, which honors the holiday traditions of dining and hospitality. The room is set up for a family Christmas dinner, with the table displaying the china from President Ronald Reagan. Then, visitors will see the Library, which features President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1866 edition of “A Christmas Carol,” as they recall the time-honored custom of reading Christmas stories to loved ones.

On the State Floor of the White House, the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall celebrate the first themed White House Christmas, which was the “Nutcracker Suite” in 1961. The Green Room honors the festivities of crafts, paper, and classic design. The Blue Room holds the official White House Christmas tree, which is decorated with glass ornaments depicting the seal of each State and territory. The Red Room hosts delightful holiday treats, and has been decorated with peppermints, candy, and cookies. The State Dining Room holds a traditional gingerbread house, which depicts the South facade of the White House and features Mrs. Trump’s signature Christmas wreaths.

“The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us. I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays. On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.”

Throughout the month of December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses and many receptions. More than 25,000 visitors will walk the halls taking part in public tours.

Christmas Cookies at the White House

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