The China Room is set with the first china service made especially for the White House, commissioned by President James Monroe in 1817. In background is a portrait of First Lady Grace Coolidge. The Hagstrom Report |
The centerpiece on the table in the China Room for the holidays is resplendent in red. The Hagstrom Report |
The White House North Portico and windows with wreathes designed by First Lady Melania Trump. The Hagstrom Report |
Reporters and photographers enter through the east doors that reception guests will use over the coming weeks. The Hagstrom Report |
At the first Christmas tree seen upon entering, guests are encouraged to send electronic messages to the troops. The Hagstrom Report |
Guests walk through a landscape of wintry branches before leaving their coats. The Hagstrom Report |
The Vermeil Room, which features hues of gold, yellow and green, is decorated with pears on the tree. The Hagstrom Report |
The Vermeil Room, which features hues of gold, yellow and green, is decorated with pears in a festive beribboned arrangement on a table The Hagstrom Report |
The library is set up for someone to start reading Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” just as President Franklin Roosevelt did for his family. The Hagstrom Report |
Guests depart the holiday tour of the public room sout past the snowy trees. The Hagstrom Report |
The East Room features the White House creche (background center), which is on display for the 50th year. The Hagstrom Report |
The gingerbread White House is decorated with miniature Christmas wreaths, reflecting the first lady’s preference for classic Christmas decor. The Hagstrom Report |
The tree at the center of the Red Room is adorned with cookies, tied with red bows and "topped" by the chandelier The Hagstrom Report |
The Red Room includes red and white striped ribbon candy impersonates dishes of ice cream. The Hagstrom Report |
The Blue Room includes the 18.6-foot official White House Christmas tree, a balsam fir from a farm in Endeavor, Wisc. The Hagstrom Report |
Upstairs, guests encounter an arrangement of trees sprayed white with artificial snow. The Hagstrom Report |
The White House Christmas decorations in the first year of the Trump administration employ fewer food items as design elements than the Obama administrations did, but there are peppermint candies and cranberry trees that were former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s favorites in the Red Room, and pears in the Vermeil Room.
The White House said the chefs and their staffs baked 31,000 cookies, including 15,000 sugar cookies, 6,000 snowflake cookies, 4,000 of the first lady’s star cookies, 2,000 pecan butterballs, 2,000 walnut thumbprints and 2,000 hazelnut linzer bars.
The annual gingerbread White House was made with 200 pounds of baked dough, 100 pounds of pastillage dough, 5 pounds of gum paste, 5 pounds of poured sugar, 20 pounds of chocolate and 20 pounds of icing.
The White House Press Office allowed reporters and photographers to photograph the rooms Nov. 27 before First Lady Melania Trump gave the children of military personnel stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland a private tour.
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