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Our First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, Brings American Treasures – Christmas at the White House! November 2018

Here are more details about Christmas at the White House 2018 with Our Dear First Lady, Melania Trump.  Merry Christmas America! #MerryChristmas2018  

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The First Family is celebrating their second Christmas in the White House.  This year’s theme, “American Treasures” honors the unique heritage of America.  Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House shines with the spirit of patriotism.  This home, held in trust for all Americans, displays the many splendors found across our great Nation.

 

 

In the East Wing, the Gold Star Family tree returns.  Decorated by Gold Star families, this tree honors all our troops and families who have sacrificed greatly to protect our freedoms.  Gold stars and patriotic ribbon decorate the tree and visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided.

More than 40 topiary trees line the East colonnade as guests make their way toward the East Garden Room, where the First Family Christmas card and ornament are on display.  The Library remembers some of America’s most cherished authors, housing over 2,700 American classics.  Four trees have been tucked away in each corner of the Library displaying the White House Historical Association’s 2018 ornament honoring President Harry S. Truman.

The Vermeil room displays two trees that sparkle in hues of blues and golds amongst the vermeil on display for all to see.  Inside the China Room are three tables, all replicas from previous state dinners using pieces from the White House permanent collection.  They highlight different eras of state dinners.  The Theodore Roosevelt Administration, John F. Kennedy Administration, and Donald J. Trump Administration are all represented.

The East Room highlights the 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.  72 handmade paper ornaments representing six regions across America hang from four 14-foot Noble fir trees.  For the 51st year, the White House Crèche will also be on display.

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As one makes their way through the Green Room, Americans are reminded of the country’s bounty and harvest.  A variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains adorn the tree centered in the room, as well as the garland on the mantel.  In the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas tree measures a soaring 18 feet tall and is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each State and territory.  Moving into the Red Room, guests will be able to celebrate children through the décor, which displays ways in which children can excel in their own path.

The State Dining Room is a celebration of our country’s national symbols, including the bald eagle, the rose, and the oak tree.  The space is also host to this year’s gingerbread house, showcasing the full expanse of the National Mall: the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and, of course, the White House.

Crossing into the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, patriotism, the heart of America, takes center stage with more than 14,000 red ornaments hanging from 29 trees.  The choice of red is an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers.  It’s a symbol of valor and bravery.

“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people.  Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer.  On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Throughout the month of December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses and many receptions.  More than 30,000 visitors will walk the halls taking part in public tours.

Learn more about Christmas at the White House. 

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First Lady Melania Trump’s Roundtable Discussion on Cyber Safety and Technology – The White House – 3/20/2018

Today, First Lady Melania Trump met with key leaders of top companies and associations to discuss the positive and negative effects the Internet and technology can have on children.  Mrs. Trump opened the roundtable by emphasizing on the importance of focusing on children and giving them the tools and information necessary to encourage responsible and positive behaviors.

The hour-long meeting focused on a variety of topics, with key themes that included the importance of supporting children and teaching empathy and kindness in offline spaces, supporting social and emotional wellness in children, identifying digital opportunities for both parents and kids to ensure safe online behaviors, and effective solutions and public policies to improve online safety.

Representatives from each of the platforms shared some of the valuable lessons their companies have learned throughout the years, and brought insight into the current challenges the companies face today.  A common theme among all in attendance was that talking to children remains the number one parental and adult control in the online space.

“Social media and technology are interwoven in the daily lives of our children,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “As parents, we must find ways to talk openly with them about the potential dangers that exist so they can be responsible digital citizens.  We have a real opportunity to teach positive online behaviors, but that also means addressing issues offline such as kindness, empathy, and respect.  I am grateful to the technology experts for their collaboration and willingness to come together at our meeting today.  I look forward to continuing our focus on educating children on the power of positivity.”