The tradition of US President's wife decorating the White House for Christmas dates back to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, who put up the the first official White House Christmas tree in 1929 - and Melania has perpetuated this tradition with a somewhat mixed reception over the years.
As always, the general public gets to experience Melania Trump's big Christmas unveiling via a video in which the famously private and taciturn first lady walks through whatever Calvin Klein commercial is playing in her mind and silently appraises random ornaments, wreaths, and origami stars hanging from the ceiling.
"I am delighted to share this lovely exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season!" she tweeted Monday morning United States time, along with a video of herself, going room to room, tweaking and inspecting the details, a cupful of fake snow in one hand to sprinkle on branches of some of the 58 trees.
The gingerbread White House, built from 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of gingerbread and slathered in 25 pounds (11 kilograms) of royal icing and 35 pounds (16 kilograms) of chocolate, showcases the South Portico, including a staircase made using angel hair, fettucine and spaghetti. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Christmas decorations are on display in the East Room of the White House Dec. 2, 2019.
The official White House Christmas tree is decorated in the Blue Room seen through the Cross Hall, during the 2019 Christmas preview at the White House, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Christmas decorations are on display in the East Room at the White House. In the State Dining Room, at the opposite end of the hallway, the decor continues to showcase American design.
A tree dedicated to Gold Star families that lost an immediate relative during military service stands at the beginning of the hallway while a tree decorated with the Trump family ornament - an American flag this year - glistens at the end of the colonnade.
Gone from the colonnade were last year's ("creepy" or chic, depending on who you asked) blood red trees made of branches of cranberries.
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A miniature Golden Gate Bridge and St. Louis Gateway Arch stand next to a Ginger Bread White House in the State Dining Room of the White House Dec. 2, 2019.
"When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard-working people and families that I meet", Trump said in a statement about the holiday décor. Towering more than 18 feet tall, this Douglas fir is decorated with handmade paper flowers representing each state and territory.
Mrs. Trump's White House Christmas decorations have dazzled Americans every year.
The tree is on display in the East Wing of the White House.
Ornament detail on a tree in the East Room.
A fireplace mantle is decorated in the Green Room, which features beloved and classic Christmas tales.