First lady unveils White House 2018 Christmas decorations

The Cross Hall during the 2018 Christmas press preview at the White House

Ah, it's that time of year again, Christmas season at the White House - not "holiday season" because President Donald Trump has let everyone know how he feels about that.

This year's theme is a little warmer than last year's "dead branches and barren landscape" look that had Twitter users comparing it to "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Shining".

A detail of the official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room
A detail of the official White House Christmas tree

A detail of the official White House Christmas tree, which is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with the name of each state and territory. 40 trees line the walls as one walks down the East Colonnade, and in the East Garden Room, viewers will see the First Family's Christmas card and ornament. Decorated by families of fallen service members, the Gold Star Family tree is adorned with gold stars and ribbon.

This is the Trump family's second Christmas in the White House, and the first lady designed the decorations, according to a press release from the White House. Visitors are encouraged to use digital tablets to write messages to those who are now serving.

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Each showcases a skyline from a different American city: New York, St. Louis, Chicago, and San Francisco. Melania Trump's office explained that "72 handmade paper ornaments representing six regions across America hang from four 14-foot Noble fir trees".

The Red Room, decorated to highlight the "Be Best" initiative. "For the 51st year, the White House Crèche will also be on display".

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While some of the decorations are par for the course - snowy white lights and well ornamented trees, the video also displays an alarming hallway full of BLOOD RED TREES.

The State Dining Room is filled with classic Americana, including the American eagle, the oak tree, and, of course, the American rose.

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The White House previewed the new settings Monday and, like previous year, plans to holds 100 open houses so the public can get a firsthand view.

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