Melania Trump's Blood-Red Christmas Trees at White House Set Internet on Fire

Melania Trump's Blood-Red Christmas Trees at White House Set Internet on Fire

As is White House tradition, the first lady selects the annual Christmas tree and decorations, and this year was no different. From the rules about how tall the tree must be to how it's selected, here are some fun facts about the White House Christmas tree and other holiday decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the West Wing.

First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decorations on Monday. The Blue Room highlights each state and territory.

Four custom-made mantelpieces feature the skylines of New York, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. There are also 72 handmade paper ornaments representing six of the country's regions hanging from four 14-foot Noble fir trees. She glided past a bloodless White House replica done all up in white chocolate, past ballerinas in all white; she hovered down a corridor flanked with long white branches reminiscent of extremities stripped of their flesh, reaching for something both upward and inward. A place card for President Donald Trump is next to one for "Mrs. Macron", French President Emmanuel Macron's wife, Brigitte.

"As one makes their way through the Green Room, Americans are reminded of the country's bounty and harvest".

Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has
Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has

The Blue Room tree - which is decorated this year with blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with the name of each US state and territory - is the centerpiece of the White House's holiday decorations, but it's hardly the only tree in the presidential residence.

Melania Trump's Christmas decorations have people seeing red ― literally.

Upon entering the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, guests see more than 14,000 red ornaments handing from 29 trees.

From their portraits on the walls of the corridor, Presidents John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan gaze down on the holiday spectacle.

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