Trump wishes US Merry Christmas as President

Trump wishes US Merry Christmas as President

Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has been holding a competition for the official White House Blue Room tree.

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".

President Donald Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time today, wishing the country "a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year" and "unbelievable holidays".

Among the new touches this year: On the outside, wreaths topped with red bows adorn every White House window.

The night was a big outing for the Trump family, including the president's daughters Tiffany and Ivanka, who was with her three children and husband, Jared Kushner; as well as his son Donald Jr and his wife Vanessa.

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That's a change from the Obama years when the annual cards offered more generic sentiments of "Season's Greetings" or wishes for happy holidays. "If I become president, I guarantee we're going to be saying "Merry Christmas" at every store", he told the crowd. The First Lady's Director of Communications Stephanie Grisham also sent out a tweet with the image of the hallway decorations that many are deeming eerie and spooky and better suited to Halloween than Christmas.

The holiday celebrating begins later Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue well into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks.

The decor includes 71 wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights, more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards (about 2,800 meters) of ribbon and more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) of Garland, the White House said.

The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays. Each one of us is a child of God.

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