Melania Trump Unveils the White House's 2018 Christmas Decorations

The East Wing features a Gold Star Family Tree - decorated by Gold Star families - which honors the troops and families who have fought for the country's freedom.

"This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season", First Lady Melania Trump released in statement.

The pastry creation - featured at Monday's unveiling of the White House holiday decorations - required 225 pounds of dough, 25 pounds of chocolate and 20 pounds of white icing. That's because the tree needs to reach the ceiling of the Blue Room. 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. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The tree measures 18 feet tall and is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each State and territory. It includes replicas of the Capitol, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Washington Monument and the White House, complete with tiny green wreaths with red ribbons on each window. Visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or overseas with provided digital tablets. Another four trees are in the White House library. As is White House tradition, the first lady selects the annual Christmas tree and decorations, and this year was no different.

In addition to dozens of trees, several other special items are on display at the White House during the holiday season. The State Dining Room celebrates national symbols, including "the bald eagle, the rose, and the oak tree".

In that room, guests find the First Family Christmas card and ornament.

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