Melania Trump unveils her final White House Christmas decorations

Melania Trump unveiled her final Christmas decorations at the White House on Monday, revealing a toned-down decor during a time the country is dealing with rising coronavirus cases and scaled-back holiday gatherings.

Her ‘America the Beautiful’ theme featured a room dedicated to front line workers, ornaments made by children across the country, and a stocking for Barron.   

‘During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share “America the Beautiful” and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home,’ the first lady wrote on Twitter, where she previewed the classic red, gold and white decorations that fill the state rooms of the White House

Gone are any controversial pieces like last year’s red cranberry Christmas trees that prompted many a social media meme. Instead, this year the White House is filled with foliage from across the country, yellow and white roses (roses are the national flower), and ornaments with traditional American symbols like the flag and the eagle.  

The traditional gingerbread house is in the shape of the White House with, for the first time, the East and West Wings featured. Included in that is Melania Trump’s revamped Rose Garden, complete with tiny flowers with the stems made out of pasta.

In the video, Melania Trump walks through the rooms, wearing a black skirt and gold blouse, to examine the decorations. 

Greenery is a major theme with many evergreen plants and white roses filling the rooms. 

Christmas trees are covered in red bows and white lights for the Trumps' final Christmas in the White House

Christmas trees are covered in red bows and white lights for the Trumps' final Christmas in the White House

Christmas trees are covered in red bows and white lights for the Trumps’ final Christmas in the White House

Melania Trump unveiled the theme of 'America the Beautiful'

Melania Trump unveiled the theme of 'America the Beautiful'

Melania Trump unveiled the theme of ‘America the Beautiful’

Trains run through the White House as part of the decor

Trains run through the White House as part of the decor

Trains run through the White House as part of the decor

School children made ornaments for the official White House Christmas tree

School children made ornaments for the official White House Christmas tree

School children made ornaments for the official White House Christmas tree

Melania Trump examines the decorations for her final year as first lady

Melania Trump examines the decorations for her final year as first lady

Melania Trump examines the decorations for her final year as first lady

The official White House Christmas Tree, which sits in the Blue Room of the White House, is covered in bright yellow ribbons

The official White House Christmas Tree, which sits in the Blue Room of the White House, is covered in bright yellow ribbons

The official White House Christmas Tree, which sits in the Blue Room of the White House, is covered in bright yellow ribbons

One ornament is in the shape of Air Force One

One ornament is in the shape of Air Force One

One ornament is in the shape of Air Force One

The gingerbread house this year is in shape of the White House

The gingerbread house this year is in shape of the White House

The gingerbread house this year is in shape of the White House

White roses are a part of the decor

White roses are a part of the decor

White roses are a part of the decor

The official tree, which sits in the Blue Room of the White House, is covered in bright yellow bows and has ornaments made by school children, complete with their names, ages and home states.  

Other Christmas trees were covered in bright red bows and soft gold and white lights. 

There is an Air Force One ornament on one of the trees. Other ornaments include an eagle, an American flag, a ‘Be Best’ in honor of Melania Trump’s signature initiative

Volunteers were in the White House this weekend to get the executive mansion ready for the holiday season. 

The arrival of the White House’s iconic Christmas tree last Monday kicked off the holiday season, and on Saturday Melania Trump showed the preparations are well underway.

‘This weekend, volunteers from all across America have come to decorate the for the holiday season,’ she wrote in a social media post.

‘Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!’ 

First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday thanked the volunteers who helped decorate the White House for Christmas (pictured)

First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday thanked the volunteers who helped decorate the White House for Christmas (pictured)

First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday thanked the volunteers who helped decorate the White House for Christmas (pictured) 

The White House in September said that a smaller group of volunteers would be approved this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: a volunteer hangs a Christmas wreath outside the White House

The White House in September said that a smaller group of volunteers would be approved this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: a volunteer hangs a Christmas wreath outside the White House

The White House in September said that a smaller group of volunteers would be approved this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: a volunteer hangs a Christmas wreath outside the White House

Pictured: a volunteer strings a garland around the White House as Melania Trump prepares for the traditional White House Christmas celebrations

Pictured: a volunteer strings a garland around the White House as Melania Trump prepares for the traditional White House Christmas celebrations

Pictured: a volunteer strings a garland around the White House as Melania Trump prepares for the traditional White House Christmas celebrations 

Melania Trump: 'Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!'

Melania Trump: 'Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!'

Melania Trump: ‘Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!’

This is Melania Trump’s final year overseeing the holiday decor at the White House. 

It comes after a recording released by her former friend and employee Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, reveals  Melania complaining ‘who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff’ while discussing the traditional first lady task of decorating the executive mansion for the holiday.  

The tapes were released when Wolkoff appeared on CNN on October 1, hours before it was announced Melania and Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Wolkoff was promoting her memoir, ‘Melania & Me,’ which portrays the first lady in an unflattering light. 

Melania Trump has blasted the book as ‘idle gossip.’

The taped conversation appears to have taken place shortly after Melania visited an immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas, back in June 2018. 

Pictured: a volunteer wearing a face mask fixes the red bow on a Christmas wreath as the White House prepares for Christmas

Pictured: a volunteer wearing a face mask fixes the red bow on a Christmas wreath as the White House prepares for Christmas

Pictured: a volunteer wearing a face mask fixes the red bow on a Christmas wreath as the White House prepares for Christmas 

Melania Trump welcomes the arrival of the 2020 White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 23 in Washington D.C.

Melania Trump welcomes the arrival of the 2020 White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 23 in Washington D.C.

Melania Trump welcomes the arrival of the 2020 White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 23 in Washington D.C.

She huffed ‘give me a f***ing break’ while complaining about criticism she received for her husband’s policy of splitting up families who illegally crossed the border while at the same time having to decorate the White House for Christmas. The East Wing begins for the holiday season in June. 

‘They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like [President Trump], I support him, I don’t say enough. I don’t do enough,’ Melania says.  

‘Where I am. I put – I’m working like a – my a** off – at Christmas stuff that you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration? But I need to do it, right?

‘Ok, and then I do it. And I say that I’m working on Christmas planning for the Christmas. And they said, “Oh, what about the children that they were separated?” 

‘Give me a f***ing break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?’ she said. 

The White House Christmas tree this year is an 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia (pictured) and will be the centerpiece in the Blue Room

The White House Christmas tree this year is an 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia (pictured) and will be the centerpiece in the Blue Room

The White House Christmas tree this year is an 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia (pictured) and will be the centerpiece in the Blue Room 

Photos shared by Melania on Saturday showed volunteers placing a ‘USA’ ornament on the 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia. It will be placed in the White House’s Blue Room as the centerpiece.

Volunteers were photographed stringing garlands along the pristine walls and hanging bow-cinched Christmas wreaths outside the White House. 

At least two volunteers were seen wearing face masks after the White House said this holiday season would see new health policies amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘In order to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all volunteers and entertainers, this year’s holiday season will include new policies in place that align with the guidance issued by Federal, State, and local officials,’ the White House wrote in a September statement.

A smaller number of volunteers were selected this year and volunteers were expected to wear face coverings.   

Washington D.C. has recorded 21,308 coronavirus cases and 678 deaths as of Friday, when officials last updated the capitol’s dashboard.

The United States overall has recorded more than 13.4 million cases and 267,000 deaths.

The Surgeon General said that even the White House should follow CDC guidelines when it comes to holiday parties as the Trump administration plans to go forward with festive gatherings in the next few weeks.

‘We want everyone to understand that these holiday celebrations can be super spreader events, so we want them to be smart and we want them to be as small as possible,’ Dr. Jerome Adams said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ last week. 

And that applies to the White House, where preparations are underway for the annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month.

‘Go to CDC.gov. Look at those tips for everyone. These apply to the White House, they apply to the American people, they apply to everyone. We want you to stay safe, so we can get to a vaccine,’ Adams said. 

The parties this year will be smaller than they were in the past, a spokesperson for the first lady said.

‘The People’s House will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while providing the safest environment possible. This includes smaller guest lists, masks will be required and available, social distancing encouraged while on the White House grounds, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the State Floor,’ Melania’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham said. 

She noted the food will be individually plated and all service staff will wear masks and gloves. 

‘Attending the parties will be a very personal choice. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations,’ Grisham noted.

The White House Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9 and the congressional Christmas party is slated for December 10. 

Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather in the ground floor state rooms at the White House.

And they are just two of the many receptions held in the holiday season. It’s not unusual for there to be an event every night the first few weeks of December as the first couple welcomes staff, supporters, party members and donors into the executive mansion to see the decorations and toast the season.  

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