The idea of Donald Trump in the White House is hardly a festive one, but hey – the First Lady’s first attempt at Christmas decorating has been revealed, boasting the theme of ‘Time-Honoured Traditions.’
‘The President, Barron and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,’ Melania said in a statement to the press. 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.’
As reporters were invited into the White House to be among the first to see the festive decorations, Melania descended from some stairs only to have her path blocked by two ballerinas performing to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. What a treat to see two professionals at such close range, you might assume - but Melania’s entirely impassive reaction to the pair has already become a meme. Watch it for yourself…
Unintentionally eerie videos aside, the decorations themselves are said to be inspired by White House Christmases gone by. Indeed, the dancers are a nod to Jackie Kennedy’s first themed Christmas, 1961’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’; the tree is a tribute to Gold Star military families, while Ronald Reagan’s china and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vintage edition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol also make an appearance. Plus, there’s also a White House fashioned from gingerbread, which was baked with 300 pounds of dough – which according to official instructions is ‘not meant for eating.’
If you’re missing the Obamas, rest assured that the former First Family make an appearance in this year’s scheme – albeit a tiny one. Christmas cards from Presidents past are on display, including those sent by the Obama family. Trump’s first festive missive, signed by the President, Melania and 11-year-old Barron, sends the message ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ – no doubt a nod to his determination to make ‘Christmas’ the centre of the holiday period.