White House reveals 2017 Christmas decorations

Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations – peek inside

But Melania Trump's vision didn't quite capture the traditional holiday spirit she was hoping for, according to Twitter.

"So important to thank our service members for their service, especially those away from their families during the holidays", the first lady tweeted.

Melania Trump has unveiled her decorations for the Trump family's first Christmas in the White House, eliciting praise - and some hilarity.

The theme this year, "Time-Honored Traditions", credited to Trump, is intended as a homage to 200 years of White House holiday customs.

Naturally, the Trumps were ruthlessly roasted over the "cold and creepy" decor adorning the hallway with many describing the photo as the "perfect metaphor" for Donald Trump's first year as president.

Melania notably did not move into the White House immediately following her husband's inauguration, instead staying at Trump Tower in New York City through the summer, at a cost of millions of dollars to American taxpayers.

"The president, (our son) Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House", the first lady said in a statement on Monday, Efe news reported.

This Christmas will be the first for a family tramp in the walls of the White house, so the first lady chose to take over the decoration of the official residence.

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One added: "Pointless. When @realDonaldTrump sees 'a lovely woman, [he] just start [s] kissing them.' I hear he doesn't 'even wait".

The Obamas never used the word "Christmas" on any of their eight Christmas cards.

Other people were drawing their own analogies about the use of the twigs to deliver a message of Christmas cheer.

President Barack Obama's holiday cards notably left out the phrase in favor of the more generic greeting.

"A display of candy as part of Christmas decorations are seen in the Red Room".

The decorations include 71 wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights, more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards (about 2,800 metres) of ribbon, and more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) of garlands, the White House said.

The White House gingerbread house this year is a mini replica of the actual building.

Children visiting the White House this year repeatedly told Melania, wearing a white dress, that she looked like an angel.

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