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Tuesday, 27 Nov, 2018

"On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". The 2018 theme is "American Treasures" and the decorations were designed by the First Lady herself.

The tree was presented by Larry Smith, the victor of the National Christmas Tree Contest.

"This home, held in trust for all Americans, displays the many splendours found across our great Nation", the White House said in a statement.

Official White House video released Monday shows Melania walking through the mansion's spacious rooms and hallways, admiring the festive, if somewhat confusing, decor.

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In the China Room there are three tables recreated from previous state dinners during the Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Trump administrations using, china and glassware from the White House permanent collection.

The East Wing is host to the Gold Star family tree for the second year. 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. "Gold stars and patriotic ribbon decorate the tree and visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or overseas on the digital tablets provided". There are also 72 handmade paper ornaments representing six of the country's regions hanging from four 14-foot Noble fir trees.

The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall features a stunning display of 29 trees decorated with more than 14,000 red ornaments.

The Trump family Christmas card and ornament are in the East Garden Room, while the White House Historical Association's 2018 ornament honoring President Truman is in the library. Each showcases a skyline from a different American city: New York, St. Louis, Chicago, and San Francisco. "It's a symbol of valour and bravery", the statement said.