First lady Melania Trump unveiled her "Spirit of America" theme that celebrates American patriotism at the White House.
The theme incorporates red and blue into a traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with her family’s annual ornament, the American flag.
The traditional gingerbread White House shares its stage with American landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge.
The White House previewed the decorations for journalists on Monday before Trump and the first lady departed for London. Journalists were also admitted to the grounds of the Naval Observatory, the official residence for Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, to see the Christmas decorations there.
A tree dedicated to Gold Star families who 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.
Melania Trump continued her tradition of hanging wreaths on the mansion’s exterior windows, 106 in all.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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