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Melania Trump inaugurates White House Christmas Decor

World | Associated Press | November 27, 2017, 6:05 pm
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 US First Lady Melania Trump has inaugurated the decoration of the White House for the first Christmas since she and her husband, President Donald Trump, moved into the presidential residence last January. (Image: AP)

US First Lady Melania Trump has inaugurated the decoration of the White House for the first Christmas since she and her husband, President Donald Trump, moved into the presidential residence last January. (Image: AP)

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"The president, (our son) Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House," the first lady said in a statement on Monday, Efe news reported. (Image: AP)

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"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," she added. (Image: AP)

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 The former Slovenian model toured each of the decorated rooms and wished the public a Merry Christmas in the name of her husband and family, including Barron, who had received with her the official White House Christmas tree that now stands in the Blue Room of the presidential residence. (Image: AP)

The former Slovenian model toured each of the decorated rooms and wished the public a Merry Christmas in the name of her husband and family, including Barron, who had received with her the official White House Christmas tree that now stands in the Blue Room of the presidential residence. (Image: AP)

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 With this year's theme being

With this year's theme being "Time-honored Traditions," the State Floor, Grand Foyer and Cross Hall decorations celebrate the first White House Christmas with a specific theme, that of "The Nutcracker Suite" from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Christmas. (Image: AP)

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 The Red Room tree is festooned with cookie ornaments and surrounded by peppermint candies, and in keeping with former first lady Nancy Reagan's favourite holiday decoration, two cranberry trees are mounted on tables there. (Image: AP)

The Red Room tree is festooned with cookie ornaments and surrounded by peppermint candies, and in keeping with former first lady Nancy Reagan's favourite holiday decoration, two cranberry trees are mounted on tables there. (Image: AP)

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 The White House Green Room contains crafts, paper and classic design, and the mansion's Library features President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1866 edition of

The White House Green Room contains crafts, paper and classic design, and the mansion's Library features President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1866 edition of "A Christmas Carol." (Image: AP)

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 Tribute is paid to so-called

Tribute is paid to so-called "Gold Star families" who have lost a loved one serving with the military in combat, and the first Christmas card send by a US president - signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 - is displayed along with that of Trump and earlier cards from the Obamas, among others. (Image: AP)

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 First lady Melania Trump pauses as a ballerina performs a piece from The Nutcracker behind her among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. (Image: AP)

First lady Melania Trump pauses as a ballerina performs a piece from The Nutcracker behind her among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. (Image: AP)

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 On Thursday (November 30), President Trump will preside at the traditional lighting of the huge Christmas tree to be installed on the National Mall in Washington. (Image: AP)

On Thursday (November 30), President Trump will preside at the traditional lighting of the huge Christmas tree to be installed on the National Mall in Washington. (Image: AP)

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 The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with

The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington. (Image: AP)

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 The gingerbread White House is seen in the East Dining Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington. (Image: AP)

The gingerbread White House is seen in the East Dining Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington. (Image: AP)

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