Melania Trump leads 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

Melania Trump leads 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

Melania Trump leads 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

This was the first time that Trump lit the National Christmas Tree.

This is the 95th year for the White House holiday tradition.

A press statement from the White House says the decorations were designed by First Lady Melania Trump "with a nod to tradition" and paying "respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House".

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year", says the card signed by President Donald Trump, the first lady and Barron, their 11-year-old son. During the presidential campaign, he complained that saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" amounted to "chipping away at Christianity".

"You don't see "merry Christmas" anymore", Trump said during a speech in Missouri on Wednesday afternoon, in which he promoted the GOP's tax reform plan.

In a move that stunned many in Washington, cable news network CNN opted to skip this year's White House Christmas party.

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Among the Christmas, standards are an 18-by-6-foot (5.5-by-1.8-meter) Balsam fir from Wisconsin in the traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory.

Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs Trump's window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end. More than 150 volunteers from around the country spent more than 1,600 hours decorating the White House. There is also a gingerbread house, candy, and arts and crafts for the more than 25,000 visitors expected to pass through during the holiday season.

Other decorations, according to BusinessInsider.com include 53 Christmas trees, more than 12,000 ornaments, 18,000 feet of Christmas lights, and 71 wreaths. "It's one that we've heard and we speak about and we dream about and now, as the president of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to now wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas".

A Nativity scene has been on display since 1967, including during the term of President Obama.

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