Kentucky woman helps with White House Christmas Decorations

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First Lady Melania Trump is spearheading Christmas decorating efforts at the White House.

"I told you about Christmas". He presided over the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree during which he wished his countrymen and people across the world a very merry Christmas.

Now President Trump has vowed to take on the so-called war on Christmas.

In 2017, that Christmas spirit is now on full display at the White House.

Before the recent invites were received, a spokesperson for the network said: "CNN will not be attending this year's White House Christmas party".

First Lady Melania pushed the button to light the tree. For example, he routinely makes the point that we should use the more traditional greeting of "Merry Christmas" over the politically correct "Happy Holidays".

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.

On the East Wing, stark white branches lined the walkway.

New this year are wreaths hanging from the exterior of every window.

"Mrs Trump's impeccable style is seen in the beautifully understated decorations and give a great nod to the First Families that came before them", Pickens said.

The holiday celebrations get underway Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks, including a party Friday for the news media.

This was the scene from Thursday's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the crowd was, um, a little light. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House for the holidays and the kitchen is ready: a total of 31,000 cookies have been baked, including 15,000 sugar cookies.

"We pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blessed with faith", said President Trump.