With the help of more than 150 volunteers from 29 states, the White House has become bedecked with an array of elaborate decorations—71 Christmas wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, approximately 18,000 feet of Christmas lights, as well as over 12,000 ornaments—to celebrate the holiday season.
This year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions,” was personally designed by First Lady Melania Trump, aimed to pay homage to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House, per the official White House website.
“Mrs. Trump personally selected every detail of this year’s holiday season at the White House,” said Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, in a statement, according to CNN.
You’ll enter a winter wonderland once you’re in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, where dozens of trees covered with imitation snow are erected. The hall has been contrived to celebrate the White House’s first theme in 1961—”Nutcracker Suite,” initiated by Jacqueline Kennedy.
In the East Wing, the Gold Star Family Tree is the key highlight. The Christmas tree embellished with gold stars and patriotic ribbon has been set up to pay tribute to service members and their families.
Alongside the Gold Star Family Tree are digital tablets for visitors to write a message to their loved ones who are deployed overseas.
As you make your way through the East colonnade, which is lined up with tall, white tree branches, you’ll see the China Room.
The China Room is decorated to honor the holiday traditions of dining and hospitality with a table showcasing China from President Ronald Reagan.
Next, in the Library, you’ll find the display of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1866 edition of “A Christmas Carol,” depicting the “time-honored custom of reading Christmas stories to loved ones,” reads a statement on the White House website.
The official White House Christmas tree stands tall in the Blue room. The 19-and-a-half-foot Balsam fir tree has been decorated with gold and blue glass ornaments, which bear the seals of all states and territories in the United States.
In the Red Room, you’ll smell something sweet as it holds a “yummy” tree adorned with cookie ornaments, and tasty holiday treats, such as peppermints and candies.
Whilst in the Green Room—dedicated to crafts, paper, and classic design—the garland above the fireplace features silhouettes of past presidents.
Additionally, a traditional gingerbread house, baked using 300 pounds (approx. 136 kg) of dough to resemble the south facade of the White House, awaits you at the State Dining Room.
The gorgeous gingerbread house even has miniature Christmas wreaths on every window!
Aside from the enchanting setup, “31,000 different cookies have been baked in anticipation of the more than 25k visitors who will tour the White House this holiday season,” tweeted Grisham.
“I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays,” Melania Trump said.