First lady Melania Trump hosted children to the White House Monday as she walked through a fully-decorated executive mansion, unveiling her vision of a Trump Christmas – simple, yet elegant, with elements of Americana and nature.
‘She’s beautiful, like an angel!’ one young boy remarked, as the first lady – whose cream-colored belted dress with bell sleeves could have been worn by a tree topper – walked into the East Room to help a group of kids make garland. ‘Are you the first lady?’ another youngster asked.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made sure to note that Melania Trump ‘personally selected and was involved in every detail’ of the decorations unveiled today.
Melania Trump entered the holiday festivities by taking the grand staircase, into the foyer, as three ballerinas danced to ‘The Nutcracker Suite,’ in a room filled with faux fur trees glistening with snow.
The dancers and the song were symbolic as ‘The Nutracker Suite’ was the first theme used at a White House Christmas.
This year’s theme, ‘Time-Honored Traditions,’ piggybacked on that, which each room paying homage to a tradition, including a Gold Star tree, a way to respect fallen troops,and a gallery of silhouettes of past presidents in the Green Room, acknowledging an early craft.
As the first lady entered the various rooms, she made small talk with the young kids, all students locally at Joint Base Andrews, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C.
‘What are your plans for Christmas?’ she asked. ‘Did you write your letter yet? Do you have any pets at home?’
Before the first lady arrived in the East Room, decorated with several large trees and the White House creche, the children’s chaperone told them to ‘act natural,’ as they grinned for the cameras.
When FLOTUS arrived they all went in for the group hug.