White House pastry chefs make National Mall in gingerbread

Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has arrived at the White House

Beware the Blood Trees: Netizens Mock White House Christmas Decor

For this year's Christmas decorations, first lady Melania Trump has decked the White House halls in the spirit of the patriotic theme "American Treasures" recognizing America's "unique heritage".

But social media has savaged one element in particular - the dozens of blood-red Christmas trees which line a White House hallway.

In the East Wing stands the Gold Star Family tree which honors the troops and families who have sacrificed in the name of freedom.

The traditional White House gingerbread house isn't exactly a house this year. The Christmas Tree lighting will be in the evening on Wednesday, November 28. More than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon weaves through the tree, embroidered with each State and territory in gold. Visitors are encouraged to write messages to soldiers overseas on special digital tablets near this tree. There are also 72 handmade paper ornaments representing six of the country's regions hanging from four 14-foot Noble fir trees.

This year's decorations prominently feature the slogan for Ms. Trump's ironic anti-bullying campaign on ornaments and in a wreath made out of pencils, among the glittering display. "It's a symbol of valor and bravery".

In addition to dozens of trees, several other special items are on display at the White House during the holiday season.

The East Room focuses on "diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design with four custom mantelpieces showcasing the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago, and San Francisco".

In that room, guests find the First Family Christmas card and ornament. These include a massive gingerbread replica of the National Mall on display in the State Dining Room. The White House crèche is also in the East Room.

On Tuesday, Ms Trump posted a video and photos on Twitter of this year's decorations, which she has been personally designing over recent months.

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