First Lady Decks The White House Halls

Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has arrived at the White House

The 2018 White House Christmas tree is a Fraser fir from North Carolina. 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.

Also on display are the customary gingerbread house and the traditional White House tree, which stands at 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.

Ah, it's that time of year again, Christmas season at the White House - not "holiday season" because President Donald Trump has let everyone know how he feels about that.

In the center of the room was a Christmas tree to "represent how each child may excel in their own path through arts, education, sports and technology", according to the White House.

First lady Melania Trump on Monday unveiled an "American Treasures" White House Christmas theme with a hall full of red holiday trees standing for bravery and valor, but all critics on social media could see was a scene out of the 1980 horror movie The Shining.

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He'll be sentenced in February in his criminal case in Virginia, which he took to trial and lost. He was convicted by a jury in August on tax and bank fraud charges in the other case in Virginia.

Melania announced this year's holiday theme is "American Treasures" and is created to recognize the country's "unique heritage". It includes replicas of the Capitol, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Washington Monument and the White House, complete with tiny green wreaths with red ribbons on each window.

More than 40 red topiary trees greet guests when they first enter the East Colonnade, which leads to the East Garden Room, where the first family's Christmas card is on display. Visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or overseas with provided digital tablets.

The Be Best ornament used in the Christmas decorations also elicited a few comments.

Throughout the White House, the color red plays a significant role as more than 14,000 red ornaments hang from 29 trees. It's constructed out of 25 pounds of dough, 25 pounds of chocolate, and 20 pounds of icing.

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