This year, the White House Christmas decorations overseen by the first lady have an "American Treasures" theme, meant to recognize America's "unique heritage".
It was instant meme material.
The more we look at it, the more this appears the case. The sunny hallway is lined with two columns of pine trees that are solid red and lack decorations.
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Just like a year ago, Christmas came early for the internet, as people on Twitter couldn't resist joking about the first lady's chosen holiday decor. "On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". And in 2018, some trees stood out more than others. Sometimes the artist of the official White House Christmas card would be introduced, or the White House chief florist would be around to answer questions. The traditional White House gingerbread house was made from 525 pounds of gingerbread dough and depicted the entire Washington Mall.
But a different tradition was abandoned this year. But Melania Trump chose to sit this one out. A video of the decorations shows the first lady stoically parading through the East Wing, occasionally pausing to adjust a wreath or stray sprig of mistletoe.
Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump wanted "to let the decorations speak for themselves".