Melania highlights tradition in White House decor

WASHINGTON: US First Lady Melania Trump took inspiration from her predecessors in choosing decorations for the Trump family’s first Christmas at the White House.
Trump unveiled the decorations under a “Time-Honoured Traditions” theme on Monday before meeting with children from local military families to work on holiday craft projects.
“The president, Barron and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” Trump said. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us. I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays.”
The decor features a table set for a family dinner with the Reagan china, president Franklin Roosevelt’s copy of the classic novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and an homage to 1961 holiday theme “Nutcracker Suite.”
There are multiple trees, including the official White House Christmas tree with ornaments depicting the seals of US states and a tree honouring US troops killed in combat. The decor will be seen by thousands of visitors on public tours as well as at more than 100 open houses and receptions. — dpa