COTE DE TEXAS: The First White House Christmas for the New President

The First White House Christmas for the New President


NOTE:  I know the country is so divided right now and even mentioning the words ‘White House’ can be loaded – but please realize – I am just commenting on the Christmas decorations, nothing more and nothing less.   I have always tried to keep religion, politics and race out of the blog.  Keep in mind that if I make a positive comment about one White House Christmas Theme and a negative comment about another theme – it’s not because I’m either a Republican or a Democrat. 

It’s just about the décor!!

I try to blog about the White House Christmas theme every other year or so and I think one reason why I am drawn to it is because as a  Jew, we don’t decorate for Christmas.   I’ve talked about this before – but being a Jewish blogger during Christmastime can be a very lonely place.

Writing about the White House holiday festivities is one way I can enjoy the season’s décor with all of you !!!

As usual,  the comment section will be unmoderated and all I ask is that everyone PLEASE be respectful of each other.

And so, on to The 2017 White House Christmas Decorations!!!

Lord, help me!!!

or

“OY VEY IST MIR” – as my Yiddishe bubbe used to say to me!


I love the lone lights on in the Family Study.


When a new First Lady comes to the White House, it’s exciting to see what direction her Christmas decorations will take.    The holidays are one time that the First Lady can put her stamp on the White House style and show off her creative abilities.   But, it must also be an enormous responsibility to come up with a new theme for Christmas, year after year.   The Obamas had two terms to decorate for Christmas and I’m sure by year eight, it was extremely hard to think of fresh ideas and new ways to tie a bow. 


Michelle’s 2015 Blue Room Christmas Tree – I always thought it was designed to make you think of the American flag.


  Michelle Obama was always fashion forward – her clothing choices were stylish and she liked to experiment with different dress designers.  She also had a myriad of haircuts.   Her interior design for the White House was just as exciting.  Michelle’s decorator, Michael S. Smith, introduced color schemes not seen before in the White House and the family added important pieces of contemporary art work to the permanent collection.  Thus,  it would only follow that the Obama Christmas décor would also be modern and bold.    If you were a fan of flocked trees and silver ornaments – the Obama Christmas themes wouldn’t necessarily be your cup of tea.   Year Eight was by far their most whimsical theme –  colorful and joyous, it was geared to the children, to be sure.   The theme was “The Gift of the Holidays” – and there were wrapped presents in every corner of the White House.


Contemporary and festive, the last Obama Christmas was a nod to the children.  The two main trees weren’t even trees!  Set in shiny silver tubs, the tree shapes were lighted from within and decorated with bright silver and  gold balls.   Wrapped silver gifts were placed between the columns in the foyer. 


In the Obama State Dining Room,  scalloped trays held a collection of gingerbread houses – made from LEGOS, they represented each state and territory.   Do you see how kid-friendly this theme was?



The Obama basement was lined with a collection of friendly and melting snowmen.  Some wore scarves, others worn knit caps.


The Obamas went out with a bang, for sure.  Their last hurray was one to remember.   Reviewers of their 2016 Christmas décor said the next family “would have tall shoes to fill to duplicate their last theme.”  But, I’m sure that many didn’t really like this style.  I know that I prefer more traditional Christmas décor. 

What theme would you choose for the White House if you were suddenly annointed First Lady?  Would you be forward thinking like Michelle or would you go for a more traditional route?

I would go more traditional, which is exactly what Melania Trump did.

AND this year’s 2017 White House Christmas Theme is a winner.  The decorations have never been prettier.  It’s a theme for all ages to enjoy – not just children.  I can imagine grandparents loving this year’s theme as much as their grandchildren.  It’s absolutely beautiful. 

Hats off to Melania for a job well done.

For sure that initial Christmas for each First Lady must be the hardest.  Politico recently wrote a story about the First Christmas White House Theme from Kennedy to Trump HERE.   You can easily see the evolution of the Obama themes from their first more traditional Christmas to their last, very modern, theme:


For Michelle Obama’s First Christmas in 2009, she chose a more traditional theme.


Eight years later, Michelle’s last Christmas Theme in 2016, was a riot of colorful and contemporary elements.


For the first Trump Christmas, the theme is “Time-Honored Traditions” –  a nod to the 200 years of holiday celebrations inside the White House.  To be sure, the new First Lady definitely wanted to bring back a more classic holiday look.   There is nothing contemporary about her decorations.   To  further illustrate the “traditional” décor – ballerinas leapt around the Grand Foyer to strains of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.   The choice of The Nutcracker was a nod to Jacqueline Kennedy whose "Nutcracker Suite" in 1961 was the first official White House Christmas Theme.


Note:  I’ve noticed a few changes in the White House décor since Obama has left.  There has been very little said publicly about the Trump decoration,  but we had to wait almost six years to get information about the Obama décor.


In 1894, Grover Cleveland’s White House Christmas

While Christmas themes have changed dramatically over the years,  it is obvious that Melania wanted to bring back a more classical look.  Her changes were obvious before you even stepped inside the White House.   Each window now has a large red bow wreath – as if the White House was any other house in the neighborhood, decked out for the season.


The White House windows with traditional wreaths and red ribbons in each window.  

Amazingly, this is the first year that the windows have had wreaths!   Why weren’t there wreaths before?   I’m sure the windows will never be bare again and the wreaths will forever be known as Melania’s Wreaths. 


The holidays are a great time to examine the beauty of the White House up close.  The trim around the windows is just so exquisite.


A close up of the pretty fan light window found in the family’s private floor.


And to drive home the point – the traditional gingerbread house showed the red ribboned wreaths in its windows.  Each year the cake is designed according to the theme and it is displayed in the State Dining Room in front of the antique gilt mirror. 




Here is a very blurry plan taken from a video -  of the First Lady’s décor on the main floor of the White House.  I counted 33 trees here, alone.  On top of this, there are more trees in the basement, the second and third floors, and the West and East Wings!  Can’t imagine how many trees there are in total for the complex.


The festivities start after Thanksgiving with the First Lady descending down the main stairwell.  The White House reported that Melania was very involved in the choosing of each detail. 



Ballerinas danced to The Nutcracker for the First Lady.



The piano provides holiday music for parties.

Off Topic:  When are they going to update those red AND yellow curtains?



After the tree lighting ceremony, there was a party with music.



Melania looks over all the decorations.



The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall became a winter wonderland.   The Foyer looks exceptionally pretty because there are so many trees grouped together.


A closer view.   Thankfully, the long red runner was picked up from the Cross Hall.   The  Blue Room tree is the focal point from this direction.



I love the flocked trees.  These are just beautiful!!!   Did you notice all the crystal icicle ornaments hanging from the branches?



The view down the Cross Hall looking into the State Dining Room. 

I love how simply the trees are decorated – with only crystal ornaments and snow.

Just beautiful!!!



This nighttime guest shows a view of the beautiful chandeliers in the Cross Hall.



And here is the view towards The East Room – showing the nativity scene placed inside the gold curtains.



The dancers add a wonderful element to the photographs.



A close up of the crystal ornaments show that besides the icicles, there are both stars and ballerinas.  Love it!!!!!



Magical Winter Wonderland.



Large trees are layered with medium sized trees and small trees to create a soft vignette.



A night time view of the Cross Hall.  You can see the crystal icicle ornaments on the trees in this photo.



A very creative Instagram photo of the Cross Hall during a nighttime party.



The focal point in the Grand Foyer is the door to the Blue Room.  Flanking the door are two large trees, and inside the Blue Room is the largest tree in the house, which is delivered each year by a horse drawn carriage.



The Blue Room tree is an 18 x 6 Balsam fir from Wisconsin.  Ornaments with state seals decorate the tree.


The Blue Room tree is trimmed with gold ribbon and blue velvet bows.


The Blue Room at night.   Glass ornaments with each state seal decorate the tree.



The First Lady and her son Barron welcome the Blue Room tree to the White House – this event always signals the start of the Christmas Season here.



The Blue Room tree during the day.



Next door, the Red Room is decorated as a candy cane wonderland!   This is a brand new design for this room.  Traditionally there are two small trees placed in the windows.  This year,  for the first time in memory, the tree is placed in the center of the room. 



The view towards the State Dining  Room.

I really love this chandelier.

As for the design, not sure why they used these tall boxes.  The tree looks out of proportion, in my opinion.  When the trees were in the windows – they were always on the boxes, but not sure it looks right, here in the middle.  Thoughts?


The  view towards the door.



And the nighttime view.



Close up of the tree with the candy cane ornaments.


A nighttime view of the Red Room with the tree lit up.  Candy stations are between the windows and flanking the settee.


Red and white candy cane stations are set up around the room.  They look like ice cream float drinks.   Darling!!!!  


View of the settee with the candy cane decorations at each side.



The First Lady said "Surprise” to the school students working on art projects made with gumdrops.   

"So you want to show me how to do it?" she asked the students who then helped her make the project. 

Nothing is more traditionally Christmas than candy canes!!


In the newly updated Green Room, the design mimics The Red Room, with one central tree instead of the two smaller ones in the windows and that darned box again.

I really hate the box.



The theme in the Green Room was traditional crafts, using paper and classic designs.



Night party in the Green Room.  


Traditional silhouettes were displayed in the Green Room’s windows.   The scenes in the two windows depict President John Adams and Thomas Jefferson,  each celebrating Christmas with their families.



The mantel displays a collection of Presidential silhouettes.  I LOVE this!!!! 



Nighttime view.  Notice that the newly recovered salmon chairs, designed by Laura Bush’s decorator, are nowhere to be seen.  Not sure if they are permanently gone or just gone for the holidays.



A closeup of the mantel décor.


The view towards the hall and grand staircase from The Green Room. 



The children showed the First Lady how to make the silhouettes.   Cut outs to make your own silhouettes were included in the White House brochure.

Usually, the brochure is available online – but I couldn’t find it this year.



The Green Room reflected in the antique gilt bulls-eye mirror.



In the East Room, the John Singer Sargent portrait of Theodore Roosevelt looks out onto a hanging mistletoe. 



This is the most minimally decorated East Room that I can remember.  I do like the simplicity though.   Usually three needlepoint rugs are in the room – but they were removed.  Not sure if that is a permanent change or not.  The creche is the focal point of the décor.



A close up of the White House’s creche. 



Melanie plays catch with the ornaments. 


When Melania first walked into the East Room, one of the children asked her "Are you the First Lady?"   Another said she looked like an angel.  They all ran up for a group hug.   The First Lady was all smiles with the children and she obviously was enjoying her time spent with them.



Simple and elegant.


The large East room has four fireplaces and three chandeliers.



The center chandelier is reflected here in the mirror along with the candelabra. 


One guest took this photograph of the East Room chandelier.   Beautiful!



For an evening party, the table is set with food and sweets.  A bar is set up on the sides of the room and green skirted tables are used to eat at. 


Across the long Cross Hall is the State Dining Room.  The big shock is the reappearance of the old rug that was replaced by the Obamas!  What is going on??????  

The White House Historical Association spent a fortune on a new rug for the State Dining Room, along with new chairs and new curtains.   This is the old rug from the old décor.    And, I’ve been DYING to know if the Trumps changed the décor in the adjoining Family Dining Room??   The two dining rooms are adjoining – and their new designs compliment each other.   If the Trumps are changing the State Dining Room – then I think the Family Dining Room would be next,  which is such a shame because the Obamas had just recently revealed their new design for that room which cost $590,000, paid for by the White House Historical Association.  Oh well…

Back to Christmas.   Sorry.  I just blew a gasket looking at this rug!  LOL


Again, the décor is simple and classic.  Dual trees trimmed in green and gold balls.


A close up of the trimmings.



The Gingerbread White House is seen at the very right.  This is a different chandelier than the others.  It’s brass, not crystal nor French, which most of the others are.




The gingerbread  house with the wreaths in the windows.  Great bald eagles hold the console upright.


Abraham Lincoln gives his approval.  At least the new curtains remain.  Not sure if they will bring back the former ones too.

BTW, the Association made TWO identical rugs for this room – so that when one is cleaned, the room will still have the proper rug on the floor.  And I assume it was done for wear and tear.



Now this caused the most chatter of all the decorations.  Silvery icy branches created a winter wonderland in the hall.   Usually the décor in this hall is less than stellar, but this time – it’s spectacular. 



At night, it takes on an eeriness with the uplights.



This photo of the First Lady was released, walking through the branches.

But as usual, people couldn’t leave it alone!!!

This view and the previous photograph of the hall became a very, very popular meme.  People thought the photo looked spooky and a large number of memes were created and then shared on Social Media.


The first meme:   The nighttime photo turned into a Halloween worthy look.

Look at the ceiling – spooky smoke and lighting was added.


And here is just one of the 1,000s of memes created – the scary twins.  You have to have a sense of humor. 

Google “Melania White House Christmas Meme” to see more of the memes … if you dare.



The Trumps first Christmas Card was on display along with cards from all the other first families.



The Gold  Star Tree is a mainstay of Christmas – you can send an online message to a serviceman or send one via the postal box. 


The children work on Christmas cards underneath the various cards through the years.



On the basement level, the library had a clever tree made of books. 


I wonder if the golf book is one of President Trump’s!  


An original 1866 edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is protected by glass next to the wing chair and fireplace.  President Franklin Roosevelt read the story each year at Christmas in the White House.    The Library has several thousand books – many are first editions.


This guest posed on the settee in the Library – I had never really noticed the settee or the antique mirror above it.


In the China Room, the table was set for a traditional Christmas dinner.  That epergne!!



Another view.



The table was set with Ronald Reagan’s china.


And The Vermeil Room – the decorations are color coordinated to the room.  This room is really the blahs.   They need to redo it and make it more exciting.



Lady Bird!


The beautiful oval Diplomatic Reception room is also located in the basement,  but it is NOT on the Christmas tour.  Thankfully, the Trump sisters Tiffany and Ivanka posted photos of them in that room so we can see some of the decorations.   The original, antique wallpaper, found and bought by Jacqueline Kennedy, is one of my most favorite decorative elements in the White House.

But, all I can notice is there is a NEW rug here!!!  When did that happen?   More about the rug follows.



One great surprise is for the first time ever – the movie theatre was opened for Christmas visitors.  Notice the fan light over the door.  Each family chair on the front row has a blanket on it – in other photos – there were also pillows with white pillow cases.



A visit to the famous White House bowling alley is NOT on the tour,  but this family was invited to use it during their Christmas visit.   I never realized there are two lanes.   It really looks professional too!  Apparently there are TWO bowling alleys in the White House complex.  This is the original two lane alley that was used almost every day by staffers during the Obama years.   AND, there is also the Nixon bowling lane -  a private single lane that Richard Nixon had installed for his personal use.


All in all – the 2017  First Trump Christmas is a success.  I think it’s the prettiest décor in a long time.  I love the traditional theme and look forward to seeing how Melania’s Christmas style evolves over the next three years.


This was always my favorite year – 2004 Laura Bush.   Her theme was “A Season of Merriment and Melody.”  


Now, about that rug!!!

This is the rug that has been in the oval Diplomatic Reception room since 2009, purchased by Laura Bush.    This rug was custom woven for the room and it received high acclaim when it was first seen, in situ.


No information has been released about a new rug in this room.  It might have been ordered by the Obama’s and it might have just arrived, but that seems unlikely.   This rug is a bright yellow green and I’m not sure where the shade came from – it doesn’t look like the greens found in the wallpaper. 

This past summer, during the time when everyone was on vacation, a small renovation took  place in the West Wing and Oval Office.  Photos of the finished work were released to great fanfare.   But another, later notice, below, was barely discussed. 

In November, it was announced that $1.75 million was spent on furniture for the White House and associated offices, including $17K for custom rugs. 

This might be for the Diplomatic Reception room – OR for a new rug for Trump’s oval office.  Or, it could be for East or West wing offices.   Additionally, $7,000 is for furniture pedestals and $5K for wallpaper.   Also, $12.8K was spent on a custom conference table from a company that made one for Richard Nixon in 1969.  $291K goes for office walls (?) and another $240K was spent on  wood office furniture.  $29,000 went to “upholstered household-furniture manufacturing,” and $10,000 for floor coverings.

$7,000 for pedestals?   He must be adding busts around the office.  The $291,000 for office walls?  That sounds like office cubicles.

It is not known whether Trump is paying for this himself.  He is allowed only $100,000 to redecorate. Obama’s changes were paid for out-of-pocket and donors.   Trump did buy a large crystal chandelier for his dining room in the West Wing along with a 60’ TV.


Here is the rug,  seen last week.

It’s just an oval green rug with a small pile.  The pile is AWFUL.  It creates tufts where people walk.  Do you see how the rugs has shadows on it?  This color looks deeper and less yellow than the photo with the daughters in it. 



And here’s another view.  This is a lesson on pile and flat rugs in public areas.    Glad I don’t have to vacuum this rug up each time someone steps on it!



On to the State Dining Room with the old décor, rug, and curtains.   This decoration was completed by the CLINTONS!  The room had not been decorated in that long. 

But for some reason, the Obama’s new rug (2) are not being used and the old rug was being used again.   Maybe the rugs were damaged or made incorrectly so they were being sent back for correction?  That could be a possibility. 


The White House Historical Association bought the rug(s), curtains, and new chairs. 


At this luncheon given by Melania a few months ago – the Obama rug was still in place.  I love her flowers and tablesetting.  Very elegant.


But here is the older rug.  I am perplexed!


The East Room normally has three rugs in place – one underneath each chandelier.  These rugs were pulled up for the holidays – probably.  But again, not sure.


And moving onto the Oval Office.


Obama’s office.   Designed by Michael S. Smith, the wheat colored rug was the focal point – quotes from leaders were sewn around the perimeter.  Velvet sofas with marine blue velvet pillows, two tan leather chairs,  and contemporary lamps were a complete departure from past décor.   The wallpaper was striped.  The office was traditional with contemporary touches. 


This view shows the new rust curtains, Resolute desk, two antique chests, and side chairs that had been used by previous presidents.

Trump took out the sofas and brought in George W. Bush’s sofas, he brought in Ronald Reagan’s rug and Bill Clinton’s horrible curtains.  It was a complete mishmash.

If I were his designer – I would have said, keep the Obama décor until yours arrives. 

Instead, there were whispers that the Obama wallpaper was stained and damaged.  I kid you not.  That’s what an anonymous source from the new administration said as to why the wallpaper was changed as a stop-gap measure until the entire office is redone for good at which time new wallpaper will be hung, again.

The same official source also said “Mr. Trump wanted to bring back the luster and the glory of the White House.”


And here is the President’s  newly revealed office.   He is using the old rug and sofas from various presidents – including Clinton’s old curtains until his new furniture arrives. 

But he removed Obama’s wallpaper and replaced it with this one that seems too white and gray and cool toned,  since the sofa, rug, and curtains are warm toned.


Close up of the paper. 


And finally, the last treat – something I have never seen before – the White House elevator!  Love this.  Notice the carved trim and the porthole windows.  Utterly charming.  I hope they never get rid of these doors.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the 2017 Christmas decor.


Here are two books I just discovered from the former White House florist.  Click to order:


Christmas White House flowers – click above.


White House year round flowers – click above.


A few ideas for celebrating Christmas:



For the night before…. Checked Pajamas HERE


Another cute pair, less expensive HERE




Darling shirt for Christmas HERE


Ben aka Mr. Slippersocksman is addicted to his slippersocks…he just ordered a fresh pair from Amazon.  Click on the photo…


For Christmas, these are darling.  I never knew there are slippersocks in all colors and  styles.  Click on the photo.



We love to do jigsaw puzzles on Christmas Day – this is an Antique Map.  Click on the photo.


A table specifically for puzzles.  Click on the photo.



Need a cute house gift?  French plates & French Cheese HERE




VINTAGE Chinese Rice Bowls HERE


Dress up or down for Christmas Eve or Day  HERE



With jeans.  Black Velvet Jacket  HERE



Love this – in Pink OR Black Kimono HERE


125 comments :

  1. Melania's Christmas décor is beautiful.
    No need to "blow a gasket"...ha!.. over the rug change as all this stuff is saved, as we know, and can appear later.
    Most glaringly wrong thing for me is those rust-colored drapes against the gold/tan striped walls in the Obama Oval. Just didn't work at all.
    Thanks.
    Sheila

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    1. Agreed. I have always hated those curtains. They are in the family dining room too. They are wool, woven in Scotland by a mom and pop company. I don't think they are nearly as bright as they look here. But I have never cared for the rust. But they are def. better than Clinton's old gold curtains.

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  2. I bet that rug was put down temporarily just so the other rug is protected from tree droppings and foot traffic. That's my guess :)

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    1. But, there are two identical rugs - and the room is roped off during the tour, I believe. You can see the ropes in some photos. I have a call into the Historical Society. I'm just curious. Nosey.

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  3. Thanks for your post, albeit bittersweet...

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  4. I like the decorations with the exception of the bizarre, oppressive birch limb walkway (or whatever it is). Hate it! The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans does a gorgeous birch walkway. I also don't love the trees in the center of the rooms in the boxes, I would prefer the two in the windows. I think I liked George W's later oval office the best; currently it's a hot mess. And the green carpet - dreadful! Looks like cheap indoor/outdoor carpet...

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  5. Is the round "tree" with books really meant to serve as a tree?
    I ask this because I still have regrets about not buying a revolving antique bookcase very similar to that at an estate sale about 30 years ago.
    Now I've been reminded of it again...ha!
    Sheila

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    1. yes. they always have whimsical trees in the basement. this year - it's a book tree.

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  6. It's all rather pretty but bland and soul-less I think. Maybe in the hallways that's OK but just looks awfully commercial like a business Marriott hotel. I went for the tour of Christmas decorations years ago ( 7 years? ) and blogged about it - went back to see and I think it liked it more. Maybe just because it was more traditional? The new rugs don't look great but as another commenter say, I'm sure the nicer ones are in storage and maybe another president will bring them out again.

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    1. I went back and read your post. I'm so jealous you live there!!!!!!!!!

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  8. (Sorry, re-posting with typos corrected...) I am happy to say I finally have something nice to say about this White House. I like the decorations. I like the wreaths on the windows and especially like the gingerbread version of the house. I like all the trees and especially the clusters of ones in the main hallway. Even the less-appealing parts are just kind of blah, but still really tasteful. So good for Mrs. Trump and happy holidays to all!

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  9. Joni - do you remember the TV special about the White House Christmas decorations? I looked for it everywhere this year - are they still doing it?

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  10. Hands down this is the very best Christmas decor post I have seen this year. Having lived in Europe for four years I have to say that the flocked and crystal trees "feel" very European. Perhaps a nod to Mrs. Trumps heritage. Thank you dear friend for this wonderful post chock full of traditional Christmas goodness. Given that you are back on board the British royal love train you might appreciate my post today. It is the sun room decked out in Rule Britannia Christmas decor. Let me be the first here in the comments to wish you a very Happy Hanukkah! I for one would love to see your collection of driedel and menorah's if you have them.

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  11. I do like the wreaths on the windows but I hate the branch mess in the hallway. And why does Melania always look like she is posing in a perfume ad? She always looks so stiff and uncomfortable. I think most of the rest of the trees are pretty but unimaginative. I liked the Obama's modern take more.

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  12. Thanks for the post to fill us all with holiday spirit.

    I do believe the meme with the "the scary twins from The Shining" is actually "Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967" by photographer Diane Arbus. (I love here work).

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    1. You are right!!!! I was thinking it was from The Shining. I guess I should erase that. Thanks!!!

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    2. ok. erased the shining reference, thanks again!

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  13. Love the window wreaths and am amazed they weren't always done.
    The reflection of the lights on the marble floor is gorgeous, and makes me sure I'd break my neck walking on it.
    Not a fan of the twigs.
    Christmas trees have pagan roots, so everybody should feel free to enjoy them.

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  14. I had the pleasure of a white house christmas tour last year when the Obamas were still there -- I really enjoyed it! To see everything close up it is really impressive! However, I prefer a traditional christmas style. I especially love the groupings of trees with the ballerinas. My least fav is the white branches in that hallway--I remember huge multi-colored baubles in that hallway. I'm surprised that it didn't work. Seems like a great concept.

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  15. Beautiful and Elegant, just like the First Lady herself.....BTW, you mentioned that the Obamas had the White House Historical Association "spend a fortune on a new rug along with new chairs and curtains"....then you mentioned at the end that "Obama's changes were paid for out-of-pocket and donors" Joni, the White House Historical Association gets it's money from tax paying Americans like you and me, so that was not "out-of-pocket and donors" Thank You for keeping this (mostly) non-political....just felt like this needed to be pointed out. Thank You for what you do, S. Roche

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    1. from the White House Historical Association: The White House Historical Association is a private non-profit educational organization with a mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Executive Mansion. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy founded the Association in 1961 to help the White House collect and exhibit the very best artifacts of American history and culture. Today, our acquisition, preservation, research, and education efforts continue through generous private donations and the sale of our books, products, and the official White House Ornament....just felt like this needed to be pointed out.......Thanks for the beautiful and well researched post, as always I appreciate the time you take.

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  16. Thank you once again for all your work! I love looking at all the photos, past and present. My favorite is the wreaths in the windows. Just beautiful and timeless. I agree with you ~ I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I also love the gingerbread house. Just so beautiful. I honestly can't imagine the hours you put into your posts. That's why it makes my day when I see your blog has arrived in my inbox.

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  17. I DVR'd the HGTV White House special and so loved it! When I get the chance I will watch it again to take in all of the beautiful details...Yes, it was truly a magical Christmas this year at the White House....I so love the wreaths on the windows this year...cannot wait to see them in person! Thanks for the most gracious tour and I wish you and your family a very Happy Hanukkah!

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  18. I absolutely love the simple trees with Crystal and snow and the ballerinas. So elegant! Melania looks beautiful in her white outfit. I also like the branches. I think they are interesting, but again I like their simplicity. Don’t love the boxes that some of the trees are displayed on. Thank you for all your hard work on this post. So enjoyable.

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  19. Love the post - - Sorry you felt the need for the beginning paragraph - - Don't remember them from before. Just do your lovely blog and let your readers enjoy.

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  20. This White House is stunning! Working on "the Hill" (in my previous life...) I was privileged to attend many White House Christmas events...what these "volunteers" create is just beyond imagination. So pleased it looks like..."Holiday Magic" again. Thanks for the beautiful photographs minus the memes. Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!! franki

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  21. beautiful! thank you for sharing!

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  22. Trees on boxes? My guess is that if the goal was to place the appropriate height trees in the center of the room, they would have been too wide at the base for people to get around them. Setting them on boxes made for a more narrow tree. Just thinking that would be an option if I wanted a tree in the center of a not "big enough" room.

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    1. Good thinking! I was wondering why they did it and this makes perfect sense. I for one do not mind the boxes at all.

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  23. My sister just told me that a woman in Dallastown Pa. helped decorate this year and it’s all done by volunteers. I didn’t know that!

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  24. I think this years decorations are the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time. I even liked the forest of twigs. I thought looking down the beautiful icy hall toward the warm red tree was stunning. Melania did a fabulous job, how difficult it is to please everyone. I wonder if THE BOXES were done to make the trees easier to get around? Another two rows of branches to the floor would make them pretty wide. Thanks Joni showing us our beautiful home in all it’s Christmas splendor!

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  25. The decor is generic business hotel, and soulless, not unlike the incumbent.
    While it is Christmas, this post and its comments seems like fiddling while Rome burns...

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    1. And everything was going pretty well here until you arrived...

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    2. Kinda hard to make that case when you are ANONYMOUS.

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    3. It's not "hard." One only needs to read what you wrote.

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  26. I so enjoyed your post. Everything was so tasteful and elegant. I am glad you choose to keep politics out of your beautiful posts. G.

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  27. Oh WOW, thank you so much for sharing these Amazing photos of the White House. So much beauty, it is totally breathtaking. Wish I could see it in person, but again, thank you, for the next best thing, to see the White House and the First Lady...

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  28. Donald Trump doesn't read so I sincerely doubt that any book, including one on golf is his. The light in the family study is probably on because I doubt anyone in that family ever uses a study and so don't go in there even to shut the light off.

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      I had the same thought. But I guess a Christmas toilet he tweets on would have been too real ; )

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  29. Joni - thank you again for another great post. The décor was beautiful and the wreaths in the windows spot on! Why no one had thought of that before is amazing. At this special time of year, one would hope we all could appreciate the many hours of work it takes to make the people's house look so gorgeous. I pray that our nation can find some peace in the coming new year and remember we are Americans first and foremost. Wishing you and yours a Happy Hanukkah.

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  30. You are AMAZING !!! What a breathtaking post!!! Thank you Joni for sharing all these pictures with us! You did again a fantastic job!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! xoxo Greet

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  31. I love this year's decorations. I"m so proud to be an American and to have a chance again to see how really beautiful and meaningful the "peoples house" is. We are so blessed to live in America and to have all the privileges that were earned for us by past and present generations of sacrificing citizens.The United States of America is a gift from God just as Christmas and the birth of Christ is the ultimate gift. We should all be glad and rejoice and be forever grateful for all that we have received freely. Virginia McMillan

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  32. Melania did a beautiful job ..... simplicity can be so hard to do and she nailed it! I just love the "spooky" hall ... so atmospheric .
    Love the White House made of ginger bread - the bakers are so clever!
    I also like the boxes under those trees - its different !

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  33. Since I am only in my northern home for the week of Christmas, I decorated my tree like Laura Bush's snowy trees that you showed. Only I didn't use glass icicles. I used 1,000 metallic ones. Imagine my surprise when I saw that Mrs. Trump had trees almost exactly like mine! I am very proud of my simple decor. I only spent $5.00 on it and it is all new....over 1000 items on my tree!

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    1. How is that possible? $5.00 with flocking and icicles? Do you mean tinsel?

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  34. I love the wreaths in the windows and hope you are correct that this will become a tradition. I also think the "spooky" hallway is breathtakingly beautiful and the flocked tress reflected in the gleaming floors are amazing! Outstanding decor! Also, I can't imagine how much work goes into your posts. They are all fantastic! Happy Holidays.

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  35. Thank you for your post, Joni. And thanks to your reader who reminded me of the White House at Christmas show on HGTV. I can't help but think, he's been in the White House for almost a year - why is the Trump's new décor taking so long?

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    1. It took the Obamas a long time too for certain rooms. I'll bet their private floor is done by now. Wish we could see though !!! ????

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  36. Pretty. All of them - all years. But the scary trees are a miss for me. The memes about them are hilarious tho. I'm with you on that ugly carpet. And the mishmash current oval. And the whisper of "ooh the wallpaper was stained" is a sad rumor stoking the old racist stereotypes - "black people can't take care of things." Yuck. C'mon people.

    White folk (incl my old relatives) have to get a grip. The USA is getting browner. Get over it. Be kind. Do unto others... Practice that Bible you preach.

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    1. That was nasty and rude.

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    2. So true. The racist innuendos are pretty clear. Like a poster said ""m so proud to be an American and to have a chance again to see how really beautiful and meaningful the "peoples house" is.." She means now some truly ugly but white people are in there Christmas is beautiful AGAIN, White house is beautiful AGAIN and she is proud to be America.

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    3. Michelle O. said that she was proud of her country as an adult for the first time in 2008, I believe it was.

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    4. Yes she did say that. I think she was hasty is saying she is proud. She thought maybe just maybe the country is post racial. Had she known that her husband's would have to prove he was born in US even years into his presidency or she would be called racist name by racist she would not have said that. I never voted for obama but I thought they were classy. Total shame that the classy Obamas were followed by total trash.

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    5. It's a little hard trying to figure out what you were trying to say, but the country actually was more past racial division BEFORE Obama.

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  37. This year's decorations are absolutely divine! Simple and elegant. Bravo to the First Lady and all of the volunteers.

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    1. DITTO! Totally agree and couldn't have said it better myself .... ☺. -Brenda-

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  38. I like the wreaths on the windows, too. But overall I find this decor conventional. Traditional, maybe, but not inspired. The branches were a bold attempt at something and failed, I think, not because of the idea but due to the execution. They look like they were spray painted with a white glossy paint and are just too fake looking. They would have been better served using birch branches. I just visited the Basilica in Minneapolis which they have decorated using birch trees. Incredibly beautiful and evocative. Had they used natural branches I think the hall could have been stunning. Thank you for the well researched post, I really enjoy your work.

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  39. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post! I think the stunning green room may have been my favorite, although the state dining room is a runner up. Plus, I am now obsessed with the china room! Thank you again and happy holidays.

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  40. The State Dining Room 18thC Italian Crèche ensemble was donated to The White House by Jane Englehard, Annette de la Rentas mother, she donated it because Mrs. Kennedy had admired and loved when she first saw it...it’s so divine in that setting. The table could’ve been removed off too the side and dressed. The Diplomatic Reception Room rug is a homage to the green grass knoll in the 18thC wallpaper, I like the illusion of standing within the room while floating on the same mottled shades of green as in the left panel...stroke of genius , so understated. I think Bunny melons. Granddaughter in law advises on florals...a direct connection to Mrs. Kennedy’s Aura. If those majestic rooms could speak, each looked upon by the Souls of Jefferson, Kennedy and Lincoln moved me too realize that the ‘Spirit’ of The White House is still intact and like the eternal flame, will be strong against the assault. Could’ve done without the sad staged images of Melania and those children, would’ve been genuine of heart if she had her son sitting with them...enjoying other children and Christmas in the White House...THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE.

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    1. Melania with the children was not "sad." All first ladies that I can remember have had these "staged" photos. The children seemed happy and Melania always appears very comfortable with children. There is no problem here.
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    2. You tell 'em Sheila Anonymous, stick to your unregulated guns even if you took a hit on not getting Moore elected...

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    3. SHEILA, did you read the book TAINTED EVIDENCE...under the GOLF book...sickening message to devotees of this traitorous seditionist crime family, and yes, Sheila, I have never seen Melania hanging around Harlem or ANY AFRICAN AMERICAN before the election, and after until here in this posting...after all she is an IMMIGRANT, born in communist RUSSIA, silent on that matter...never speaks publicly except for a few chirps espousing cyber bullying and opiate use, she has been filmed speaking NONSTOP with gesticulating hand movements, quite animated and happy, to PUTIN while seated next to him at a dinner in Europe, perhaps giving her report on cyber bullying and opiate use...crickets when in France with Madame Macron, and of course...the American people don’t see her but when wheeled out as an ornament on screen...love the PEOPLES HOUSE FOREVER

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    4. Bunny Mellon said NOTHING SHOULD BE NOTICED...we know her granddaughter in law is Melania’s Social Secretary, was in the catering event planning biz...Melania never entertained with florals, place settings etc at the tower on fifth...nor was the lobby of that same tower done up in tasteful style for ANY holiday...perhaps you can explain the matching handwriting signature style of this couple...peculiar at best. Wonder what TAINTED EVIDENCE is about...Mueller, Comey and Obama’s birth certifica6or is it Putin, Pence, Sessions, McConnell, McCarthy, Ryan, Rohrbacher, Flynn, Manafort, Gates, Stone, Papadopolous, trump Jr, Kushner and wife, Conway, Bannon....on and on and on! Merry Christmas Sheila.

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    5. The Swan:
      Melania was born in Slovenia, not Russia. Slovenia is nowhere near Russia.
      Some Americans lump certain European countries together, but don't ever get into that discussion with a local!

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    6. Slovenia, once a Communist satellite of Russia....under Yugoslavia...thanks!

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    7. Never let details stand in the way of a stream of consciousness.

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    8. Regarding The Swan above:
      Yes, Melania is an "IMMIGRANT." Oooh
      And other reasons are also stated to show how awful Melania is, but half of this rant series doesn't hang together (for me anyway) since it isn't in sentences and doesn't explain or finish the points attempting to be made. But I do get it, THE SWAN doesn't like Melania because she is an "IMMIGRANT", she didn't decorate with "florals" or "place settings" (So funny! And how does one learn this? From Bunny Mellon? Or did Swan go to dinner parties at Trump Tower?) and Swan had never seen her hanging around Harlem. Swan never mentioned before that SHE actually hung in Harlem. Who knew?
      It was all pretty humorous, even though I don't think it was meant to be.
      WHAT A RIOT! (All caps...)


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    9. Today California burns, and Republicans will pass a tax code so unlawful due too their criminal conspiracy with a known Foreign Enemy Nation, no doubt the Republicans opened the door to putin so this crime would give them ultimate control of The Supreme Court. So while they pass tax legislation removing from California the tax deduction for those who lost all to wildfire, we discuss Melania and friends and those tinsle trees, there is an underlying current as we speak too harm the wealthiest state of our Union ala Nero playing while Rome burns. With crippling fires from Napa, Santa Barbara, Montecito and Bel Air, ALL mysteriously set and blamed conveniently away on the Homeless population, which by the way were sent to California by every State in between New York to Cali as punishment for our Liberal Democratic ideas of caring for those who cannot care for themselves in the Human Race. I hope on Christmas morning, you find under your tree, beautifully wrapped like only the Magi would do, gifts of Human Rights such as CONTROL OF OUR OWN BODY, LIBERTY TO LOVE WHOM WE WISH, and IMMIGRATION TO THIS LAND BY ALL COLORS AND CREEDS, lastly VOTING IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE!

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    10. Never ceases to be entertaining!

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    11. It's too early to be hitting the booze even if it is the weekend.

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    12. The Swan = it's just awful. I hope your house is ok. I know Penny is evacuated. I think Brooke is ok now. Houston is still recovering from the flood. People are still not back in their houses. Natural disasters are horrible. Good analogy - while Rome burns......

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    13. The Swan: I will be very interested to read Omorosa's book. I'm shocked what happened and very curious. She was so "in" for so long - I'm sure she is not taking the firing too well. Will be a very fascinating read, I'm sure!!

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    14. The Swan = it's just awful.

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    15. Thank you Joni...Penny’s home is in danger, as are all my beloved family and friends as well as La Casa de Maria Retreat, formally the Immaculate Heart novitiate, where my aunt who was once nun lived.
      Unlike a hurricane or other natural disasters, most fires are started by Man. These fires are way too suspicious...as a 60 year old native born Californian who has never lived elsewhere, and why should I, as it truly is the Golden State of Beauty..I can attest that this is beyond suspicious with this year culminates in our Congress’s suspicious activity...with ramifications worldwide. I am a proud descendant of Immigrants who came here almost 100 years ago escaping revolution, chaos and murder.
      Your ANONYMOUS, really took the bait...just a few minutes after my post, she must’ve been drooling and couldn’t stop her vitriolic fingers from pounding out diatribe so infantile & boring. She must be so bitter, so hateful of immigrants, homeless, quite envious of others fortune and fame...but then she sounds like the illegitimate prez sitting in the White House as we speak...maybe our dear S.

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    16. Joni, Reading Omarosa's book...you must be kidding. She's ridiculous. Haven't you gotten enough of her from reality t.v. and the tabloids?
      You'll get the synopsis from The Daily Mail anyway, so why buy the book?

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    17. To The Swan:
      It sounds like you are trying to say that the fires in CA were set by our government. Am I reading that right?
      Thanks.
      Annie B.

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    18. The fires are a horrifying tragedy which causes more impact when we know someone who is at risk. It was troubling to hear that Penny had to evacuate her beloved home. As for Omarosa... another one who is not well. Robin Roberts did not appeared impressed with Omarosa's future writings: “She said she has a story to tell and I’m sure she’ll be selling that story. She will." And then Robin throws major shade Omarosa's way with the parting shot "Bye Felicia.” Tee hee hee.

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    19. Soon to be followed by landslides as soon as the rain starts.
      Earthquakes will be sprinkled in intermittently as nature sees fit.
      Thus is life in LaLaLand.

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  41. I believe I've seen pictures back in the 50s when there were wreaths on the windows. About the Christmas card. Strange and curious that Melania's signature looks like it was not written by her but by The Donald. Cathy

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    1. Trump signature is consistently indecipherable. It is an indication that the writer as a rule wishes to conceal his true self. In this case the writer is known to be a pathological liar and a narcissist. The narcissist's children and wife tend to be considered as an extension of the narcissist and not as individuals. The years under his thumb tend to and can compromise her individuality, self-determination and sense of self. Thus the nearly identical signatures. To stay with the intent of the blogger which is White House Christmas decor: The modernistic decor of the Obama White House last year was not appealing to me. It looked cheap on the photos. Although the Obamas as people were the epitome of class and authenticity. The boxes as tree stands and the green boxes by two windows with tiny representation of trees in the Trump decor were dreadful. The old traditional tree decor was not offensive but more of the "same old, same old." It would be nice to see a more original but still elegant decor.

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    2. Just wondering how original you can ever get, as after seeing Christmas décor in many towns, countries, places, homes, stores, hotels, castles, estates, etc., etc., in every possible permutation for over half a century, how many "more original" decors are left?
      And then when you do get original, there are the ones who complain that it's not traditional enough. Who can win?

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    3. It is not about winning or losing; just individual opinions. I enjoy reading all the comments. It is hard to re-invent the wheel but I think I had an original mantel decor last year. There is not a protocol to post the photo here. I do think the modern Xmas decor in the Obama White House (those trees made of silver ornaments perched on silver rounds was very unappealing (to me, that is.). One Xmas decoration I liked in the Trump W.H. was the mantel garland with silhouette portraits. I think THAT was original because "I" have not seen it before.

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    4. Yes, loved the silhouettes! So appropriate for the White House harkening so far back in our history. They look so good there.
      Reminds me how much I love silhouettes. I may start picking them up when I see them in the antique malls. I was going to do it a long time ago. Maybe they are too expensive now....
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    5. looking back - the Obamas did have a traditional Christmas ala Bush. But they were more cutting edge. I did love the silhouettes too. Loved that. But it's hard to be original here. Year after year. Original sometimes means modern which doesn't look good with Christmas. Can't win for losing.

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  42. Wow so pretty!!! She did a beautiful job. The wreaths!!! Magical. Wishing everyone here a beautiful holiday season full of family and love, and a big hug to you Joni! Praying for peace, love and kindness for our country in the new year!

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  43. I love this blog. Many blogs have been in Christmas jingle sprinkle overkill mode for every post since before Thanksgiving and it's too much. Every holiday season I look forward to January and totally understand the feeling of loneliness one can get from social media during the Christmas season. I wish you a Happy Hanukkah! The first photo of the White House in the snow is absolutely gorgeous! Though I do not participate in them, I like seeing beautiful Christmas decorations. Some of the current First Lady's is beautiful, but a lot of it is too repetitive and commercially boring. Plus looking at the picture of Laura Bush's Christmas winter wonderland covered trees shows that Melania's weren't original. The window wreaths are cute, but not elegant enough. The branch decked hall is a bit creepy and would work well in a Disney Movie.

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    1. If you don't do repetitive in this type of setting to a certain extent, it starts to look like a mishmash.
      Anytime you do a Christmas winter wonderland you are not necessarily copying Laura Bush. Fir trees grow outside, and when it snows, it is a winter wonderland every day. It has been done forever.
      The window wreaths feel quite elegant for me; anything more could lean the opposite of elegant and be tacky.
      All of this is just my opinion of course.
      Thanks.

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  44. That green rug/ carpet replacement is horrid. It makes the room look damp and depressing. Nevermind cleaning efforts. They should have left Laura Bush's rug!!

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    1. I have called the Historical Committee twice to find out about the rug but they just won't call back and they don't pick up the phone. ugh. Ill keep trying!!

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    2. I do not mind the green rug in general, yes blotchy, but it looks walked on. Though it is one color in the Trump photos -- a nice green - and another color in the sister pics - a less charming green. The Bush rug was too much in my opinion.

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  45. Beautifully presented and documented. Thanks so much.

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  46. Joni, this post was amazing. When you said the Vermeil Room was blah and needs a redo, my eyes were fixated on the portrait of Mrs. Kennedy. She was glowing. It seemed appropriate. I hope they don't add too much excitement to that room because I think she is the excitment.

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    1. what about Lady Bird??????? She's not exciting enough for you?????? lol

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    2. Who is the artist on that Lady Bird painting?
      I think I could do one that good!

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    3. Elizabeth Shoumatoff. Leticia

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    4. Thanks, Letty. I looked her up, and I guess I'm not a real fan of her work. To me, it leans toward the style of magazine illustration ala Norman Rockwell, just not as good as him. Her style be great in commercial ad applications, but just doesn't work at all for me as an official portrait to hang in the White House.

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  47. WOW! This too, along with some of Laura Bush's (when she did the white) is my favorite White House Christmas. I'm glad M did not stuff the trees with that batting that LB used. Of course there are amazing people who help First Ladies develop their themes, bringing in many story boards. I was pleased to see simple elegance. I agree with you on the boxes. I have several trees in my house (6) and I've elevated one (my own white flocked winter wonderland tree with crystal, white, and silver ornaments) up on a large galvanized tub. It allows for a smaller diameter of tree so it doesn't take up that much room in my family room AND it keeps little ones (even the furry kind) out of the fragile glass ornaments. I don't like the scale though either... I'm so glad you zoomed in on the tree in the red room. Up close, it is darling with the ribbon candy and all of those decorated cookies. I love that the blue room has crystal ornaments from each state....great, new idea. Each state is always represented but this is a neat idea to have it in crystal. Great job. HGTV used to do a show about the Christmas Whitehouse. I hope they did it this year so I can pull it up on ON DEMAND.

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  48. It's all very nice, but now that I looked at it again, I kind of feel like it's overkill and waste on some level. All those trees in every room and there's probably more we haven't even seen.
    Wouldn't one, large beautiful tree be enough? Some boughs and centerpieces in the rest? I guess I'm a real buzzkill...ha!...but how many trees do yo really need in one building?
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  49. I would say, family room and blue room. I have a potted Norfolk Island Pine in mom's hospice room that is more like an efficiency apartment without the kitchen. I will give it to anyone who wants to keep it indoors after Christmas. We cut one 12' tree from a tree farm every year. This year, with no time or desire for that, we just got an 8 footer at Costco that turned out to be very pretty. If we ever downsize, I would go the potted fir way for a Christmas tree and then plant it in the garden according to directions.

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    1. Letty,
      You're a better man than me if an 8 footer is what you do when you have no time.
      Ambitious, Girl!
      Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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    2. Oh, my friend, the tree stayed on the front porch for a week until a neighbor helped my husband bring it inside and put it on the stand in the main area by the fireplace. I did not want to get a tree but my husband felt we needed to since our daughter was coming from across the country with our two grand daughters in time for my mom to see her new great grand daughter. Today I went home for a little while and she had decorated the tree. Wishing you a Merry Christmas too and a banner New Year! Leticia

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  50. For a long time I have wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. You do such in depth research and exceptional pictures that each post is like getting into the most popular collage interior design class. Your exquisite eye for design is a gift to all of your readers. Thank You..

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    1. Thank you to you and all the others for your so kind comments!!! I love it!!!! It's not easy to keep going after 10 years - but I enjoy the blog so much I can't imagine stopping.

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  51. Thank you - I had stopped reading your post due to your comments during the election. But I thank you for providing such a great post on the current Christmas decorations. I think they look great too! Merry Christmas and happy new year.

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    1. welcome back! I keep politics away from the blog. gulp.

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    2. Joni,
      It would feel more like you were trying to keep politics away from the blog if you:
      1) Did not put the political comments that you do on your "Cote de Texas" twitter account. It has the same name as this blog and there are people who will refer to it. I did. Keep the CdT twitter "clean" from these types of opinions and open a new, different twitter for your political feelings. I feel like it affects your brand.
      2)When you write a blog post like this one about the White House, don't even bother putting a note referring to a political aspect of it. Just post it.
      I'm giving this as an opinion only, and in a respectful manner.
      Thank you.
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  52. Best dressed White House so far for the Christmas season, love the European look also
    Our new First Lady is very Classy as her decorations

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  53. Jodi- I am a fan...your post are so well researched, educational and enjoyable. The White House is beautiful (in spite of its current inhabitants)but anything even remotely related to Trumps is so distasteful that it is hard to enjoy. Counting the days when the WH will have worthy residents again.

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    1. ugh....Maverick....leave your politics somewhere else.

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  55. I truly LOVE THE NEW WALLPAPER in the Oval Office. Very elegant and the color is refreshingly soft and understated which brings a sense of calm to the room and draws attention to the President's desk and beautiful flags.

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  57. I loved your blog post. After reading all the comments, I am surely still amazed as the hate brought about by decorating. Can't you just comment on the different decorating techniques without being so ugly. I could take every President's Christmas White House and make one that suited my tastes but yet realize it's the people house and it is wonderful to have a First Lady to do the things she does in the turmoil of this world....shame on all you haters .... but this blog post was beautiful, informative and a joy to read. We all have different tastes, we just need to respect that in each other. Thank you for your time in this blog post

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  58. Well, the decor is surely gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

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