Trump lights National Christmas Tree for first time

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Another new touch are glistening wintry branches lining an East Wing hallway that leads guests to a tree decorated with the Trump family's official Christmas ornament, a gold-toned bauble featuring the presidential coat of arms surrounded by a wreath of holly.

"As we approach the end of the year we got to thinking, "Did Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren fundraises off of Trump's "Pocahontas" jab Dem senator slams Trump's "moral authority" after 'Pocahontas" remark Bill Press: Religion flunks morality MORE really bring Christmas Back to the White House?'" said host Chris Hayes, on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes", before rolling the clip.

The record for the number of trees in the White House was held for many years by the Eisenhower administration when 26 trees filled every floor of the house.

Former US President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation marking Christmas as a national holiday.

That's a change from the Obama years when the annual cards offered more generic sentiments of "Season's Greetings" or wishes for happy holidays.




The decorations continue a tradition that dates back decades.

New this year are wreaths hanging from the exterior of every window. As president, Trump repeated the promise yet again in October 2017 at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., proclaiming, "We're saying "Merry Christmas" again".

The National Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony that starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the White House.

During President Barack Obama's final Christmas in office, larger-than-life replicas of family dogs Bo and Sunny greeted visitors in the East Wing.

The mother to Barron, one of Donald's five children, made many appearances throughout November in several Manolo Blahnik BB pump styles, as well as Victoria Beckham boots, and most recently from Louboutin she wore flats and a sleek pair of lace-up booties.

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