Melania Trump Prepares White House for Christmas: A Look Back at All Four Years’ Décor

by Jennifer Shea

First Lady Melania Trump has finished decorating the White House for Christmas. The theme this year is “America the Beautiful.” 

So what follows, per KATU News reporter Evan Schreiber, is a year-by-year comparison of her Christmas décor throughout her husband’s presidency.

Melania Trump Decorates for Christmas

“During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share ‘America the Beautiful’ and pay to tribute to the majesty of our great Nation,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Together, we celebrate this land we are proud to call home.”

Last year, the theme was “The Spirit of America.” The décor featured lots of white lights and white flowers. Further, Trump walked around the White House showing it off in an all-white ensemble. 

In 2018, the décor included a room full of red Christmas trees as well as 14,000 red Christmas ornaments. The trees drew mixed reactions. But Trump defended them, saying, “We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic.” The theme that year was “American Treasures.”

In 2017, the decorations had a silvery tint to them. The main Christmas tree was decked out in blue ribbon and glass ornaments depicting the seal of each state and territory. The theme was “Time-Honored Traditions.” 

Working Hard on the Decor

Volunteers from across the country worked together during this past weekend to put up the White House decorations. Those include an 18-plus-foot Fraser fir tree, Fox News reported.

The first lady has privately expressed frustration at how much effort goes into the White House Christmas décor even as she takes flak for not attempting more substantive work, according to USA Today.

In a conversation secretly recorded by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Trump said, “I’m working my (butt) off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a (expletive) about Christmas stuff and decorations but I need to do it, right?”