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Trumps light national Christmas tree for first time

01 December, 2017, 06:40 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Another new touch are glistening wintry branches lining an East Wing hallway that leads guests to a tree decorated with the Trump family's official Christmas ornament, a gold-toned bauble featuring the presidential coat of arms surrounded by a wreath of holly.

The president and first lady attended the annual event with other Trump family members.

"We want to wish everybody a merry Christmas, a happy New Year, have unbelievable holidays, and we are now going to light a very handsome tree", said Trump.

The record for the number of trees in the White House was held for many years by the Eisenhower administration when 26 trees filled every floor of the house.

Now President Trump has vowed to take on the so-called war on Christmas.

It was in that first year that organizers officially deemed the tree the "National Christmas Tree". "It says "happy holidays" all over", Donald Trump proclaimed in the past.

New this year are wreaths hanging from the exterior of every window.

The decorations continue a tradition that dates back decades.

In a series of tweets, President Trump shared videos of him wishing the people a merry christmas.

The first lady's office previewed the decorations for journalists on Monday after more than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours during the long holiday weekend decking the White House halls. 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. Each one of us is a child of God.

That mark has been eclipsed on several occasions in recent times, including the Clinton administrations 36 trees in the 1997 theme of "Santas Workshop", and the 2008 White House Christmas decorations of the Bush administration that included 27 trees as part of a theme of "A Red, White and Blue Christmas".

At last year's ceremony, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle feted Kelly Clarkson, Eva Longoria, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony and Chance the Rapper.

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