Melania Trump unveils lavish White House Christmas decorations

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The 2018 theme of the White House holiday decorations is "American Treasures, ' and features patriotic displays highlighting the country's "unique heritage.' The White House expects to host 100 open houses and more than 30,000 guests who will tour the topiary trees, architectural models of major USA cities, the Gold Star family tree and national monuments in gingerbread".

First Lady Melania Trump officially revealed the 2018 Christmas White House on Monday as she and President Trump get ready to kick off a busy month of holiday festivities.

The 2018 White House Christmas tree is a Fraser fir from North Carolina. Mrs. Trump designed the decor, which features a theme of "American Treasures".

In the White House's East Colonnade are 40 topiary trees made from red berries. This tree honors veterans and the military and was decorated by Gold Star families - relatives of those who have lost a loved one while they were serving in the military.

"This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season", said first lady Trump.

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It comes after Melania and Donald welcomed the Blue Room Christmas tree last week.

Four custom-made mantelpieces feature the skylines of New York, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. In the East Room are four 14-foot trees displaying 72 handmade paper ornaments representing the six different regions of America.

The Green Room focuses on America's bounty and harvest. The first lady's office stated that this is where the annual White House gingerbread house is displayed, depicting the full National Mall. "For the 51st year, the White House Crèche will also be on display".

Upon entering the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, guests see more than 14,000 red ornaments handing from 29 trees. The choice of red is an extension of the stripes found in the presidential seal - a symbol of valor and bravery, according to the White House.

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