Last week, First Lady Melania Trump held a special gathering for volunteers who helped turn this year’s White House Christmas theme, “Time-Honored Traditions,” into reality. A Gold Star Family Tree honoring service members is proudly on display in the White House East Wing, and historic pieces celebrating holiday traditions – including a nod to the first White House Christmas theme, 1961’s “Nutcracker Suite” – can be found throughout.
More than 150 volunteers came together from 29 states to assist with decorating and baking. The numbers tell the story best:
- • 31,000: Number of cookies baked
- • 53: Number of White House Christmas trees decorated
- • 1,000: Feet of garland strung
- • 12,000: Number of ornaments hung
The First Lady thanked the volunteers, who spent more than 1,600 hours bringing the First Family’s first Christmas at the White House to life. She and the President look forward to hosting more than 25,000 visitors during the upcoming holiday season.
Watch First Lady Melania Trump unveil this year’s Christmas decorations here.