“The Spirit of America” is the theme for this year’s White House decorations that sparkle with wit and charm.
The First Family’s official Christmas ornament is seen decorating the tree in the Bookseller’s Room of the White House Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
“‘The Spirit of America’ is shining at the White House! I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the Christmas season!” — First Lady Melania Trump
Sharply criticized in the past by a press corp eager to insult everything from her choice of baby name to her Christmas coat, First Lady Melania Trump has left her detractors little to criticize about this year’s White House Christmas decorations.
After months of planning, the seasonal decorations are a treat for a nation reeling after a year of political turmoil and bitter partisan bickering.
With sparkle and the brilliance of a thousand points of light, this year’s lavish decorations reflect optimism and hope for the coming year.
Though First Lady Melania Trump deserves much of the credit, she certainly couldn’t have done it all alone. The unsung heroes of the Holiday season at the White House are, as ever, the corp of volunteers tasked with executing the First Lady’s vision for the Christmas and Hanukkah decorations.
Volunteers decorating the White House for the Christmas season pose for a photo on the steps of the North Portico of the White House Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
To them and to First Lady Melania Trump, the nation owes a nod of gratitude. Making the Christmas season a little merrier and brighter is most welcome.