Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Trumps light national Christmas tree for first time

Trumps light national Christmas tree for first time

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White an interesting way.

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".

And Mrs. Trump didn't have to do all the decorating by herself.

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Music played as many onlookers watched First Lady Melania Trump press the button that would jump start the holiday lights on the festive tree.

The family Christmas card is framed and on display, along with cards from past presidents.

And that wish for a Merry Christmas, was proclaimed loud and proud, all the way down to this year's official Christmas cards. Perhaps President Trump has taken to wearing novelty reindeer socks? During the presidential campaign, he complained that saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" amounted to "chipping away at Christianity". "We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants".

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Trump, who personally selected the decor, says she wanted to make the White House feel like home over the holidays.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory. The White House said Mrs Trump chose every detail of the decor and did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family's Thanksgiving at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The holiday celebrating begins later Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue well into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks.

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This year's National Christmas Tree is a Colorado blue spruce from Virginia, ad it was planted on the Ellipse on October 27, 2012, according to Shelby Galvin, public affairs specialist Public Affairs Specialist with the National Parks Service. Each one of us is a child of God.

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