This was the first time that Trump lit the National Christmas Tree.
The White House unveiled its holiday decorations this week, issuing a video (below) of the Balsam fir trees sparkling with lights and ornaments adorning rooms throughout the White House.
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The new cards, signed by Barron, Melania and President Trump read "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".
In a move that stunned many in Washington, cable news network CNN opted to skip this year's White House Christmas party.
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It was in that first year that organizers officially deemed the tree the "National Christmas Tree".
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Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory.
The 350-pound (160-kilogram) gingerbread house in the State Dining Room offers a view of the White House from the South Lawn, with wreaths on every window and a USA flag flying from its sugary rooftop. The First Lady's Director of Communications Stephanie Grisham also sent out a tweet with the image of the hallway decorations that many are deeming eerie and spooky and better suited to Halloween than Christmas. The White House said Mrs Trump chose every detail of the decor and did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family's Thanksgiving at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and USA territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room.
A Nativity scene has been on display since 1967, including during the term of President Obama.