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White House unveils ‘American Treasures’ holiday decorations

Greg Nash

The White House is ushering in the holiday season with decorations themed “American Treasures,” organized and overseen by first lady Melania Trump.

The 2018 Christmastime décor was unveiled Monday as part of a sneak peek for journalists.

{mosads}Among the holiday flair featured as part of the theme honoring the “unique heritage of America”: a forest of 40 red topiary trees greeting guests in the East Colonnade, an 18-foot official White House Christmas tree adorned with more than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon, and an ode to American-grown produce with fruit and vegetable-filled garlands.

In the East Room, several cityscapes line the mantels, with the skyline of New York — President Trump’s hometown — placed front and center in the space.

The traditional White House gingerbread house has company this year with edible versions of the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument all on display in the State Dining Room. The gingerbread landmarks were created using 225 pounds of gingerbread dough, 110 pounds of pastillage dough, 25 pounds of chocolate and 20 pounds of royal icing, according to the White House.

In the Red Room, ornaments displaying the logo for Melania Trump’s Be Best campaign — a children’s wellness and anti-bullying initiative launched earlier this year — adorn garlands. A pair of Be Best wreaths, made out of pencils, grace the windows.

The first lady promoted her involvement in the design process in a Monday tweet that featured a video of her tending to the festive scenery:

She said in a statement that this year’s holiday theme “honors the heart and spirit of the American people.” 

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to participate in public tours during the month of December, according to the White House.

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