How Tall Is the 2018 White House Christmas Tree?

Donald Trump and Melania Trump look at the North Carolina grown Fraser Fir Christmas tree at the North Portico as it makes its way to the Blue Room for display at the White House

Ah, it's that time of year again, Christmas season at the White House - not "holiday season" because President Donald Trump has let everyone know how he feels about that.

Melania Trump just unveiled all of the Christmas decorations in the White House this year!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House. Decorated by families of fallen service members, the Gold Star Family tree is adorned with gold stars and ribbon.

In the White House's East Colonnade are 40 topiary trees made from red berries.

"This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season", the first lady said in a statement. Smith won the honor of presenting this year's tree after being named Grand Champion in the National Christmas Tree Association's Christmas tree contest.

A detail of the official White House Christmas tree, which is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with the name of each state and territory. There are more than 75 different trees on display at the White House this year. Visitors are encouraged to use digital tablets to write messages to those who are now serving.

Decorations in the East Room are meant to show the "diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design" - and include four custom mantelpieces that depict the skylines of St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City.

This decision first came about after Trump, 72, made it clear past year that there would be no "happy holidays", which is more generic and politically correct statement, on any of his family's festive cards.

Melania also included her own sugar cookie recipe in the booklet for visitors to make in their own homes after visiting the White House. She glided past a bloodless White House replica done all up in white chocolate, past ballerinas in all white; she hovered down a corridor flanked with long white branches reminiscent of extremities stripped of their flesh, reaching for something both upward and inward. More than 14,000 red ornaments hang on the branches of 29 trees.

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