PHOTOS: American Spirit Takes Center Stage In The White House Holiday Decorations

December 2, 2019
The Grand Foyer is a winter wonderland with golden pine cones and trees dusted with snow.The Grand Foyer is a winter wonderland with golden pine cones and trees dusted with snow.Caitlyn Kim/CPR News
The Grand Foyer is a winter wonderland with golden pine cones and trees dusted with snow.

The White House is in the Christmas spirit. First lady Melania Trump has designed this year’s White House Christmas around the theme of “The Spirit of America.”

“No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation,” she said in a statement.

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This year's official White House Christmas tree features the floral emblem of every state and U.S. territory.

The patriotic theme is reflected in the East Room décore, which was inspired by the American flag. The tree toppers are eagles and the trees are decorated with stars and red and blue ribbons. The first tree to greet guests as they enter the East Wing is the Gold Star Family tree.

This year’s theme is also a tribute to the traditions, customs and history of the country. There is a timeline of American design from the New England saltbox house to New York City’s The Vessel, which opened in early 2019.

The Green Room takes a page from Christmas tales and tunes. And all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories are represented on the White House Christmas tree. State flowers are the focus, albeit within the blue and gold color theme of the tree.

The Colorado Columbine is lavender and white in real life but takes on a sparkly gold and white hue for this tree.

More than 225 volunteers from all 50 states helped put up the Christmas decorations selected by Mrs. Trump. That includes putting together over 800 feet of garland, 15,000 bows, 400 gold stars and 400 handmade paper flowers.

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A Southwest, Intermountain West ornament features the Rockies and the U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel.
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First Lady Melania Trump's signature "Be Best" initiative features on the tree in The Red Room.
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A little tree made out of pages from a book.
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Two hundred pounds of gingerbread was used to create the White House. The display also features famous American landmarks from Mount Rushmore to the St. Louis Arch.