FIRST LADY TAKES DELIVERY OF WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE
November 24, 2017
But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me. (1 Sam 2:30b)
Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time-honored, first lady tradition on Monday: receiving the official White House Christmas tree.
A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam fir from Wisconsin up the White House driveway….
After Mrs. Trump and Barron gave their symbolic approval, the tree was carefully carted off to the Blue Room where, after a slight trim and the removal of a monstrous chandelier, it will become the holiday showstopper for a president who has vowed to put Christmas back in the center of the winter holidays.
During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump railed against the preference for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” characterizing it as a “chipping away at Christianity.”
“And we’re not going to let that happen anymore, folks. I’ll tell you,” the then-candidate said at a March 2016 news conference in Florida. “A lot of times I’ll say at the rallies around Christmastime we’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again. You know, they don’t say it anymore. The department stores don’t put it up. We’re going to start saying it again.”
Invitations to dozens of holiday parties are going out. The subject line of one emailed invite references a White House “Christmas reception,” while the language of the invitation itself refers to a “holiday reception.”…
While the Trumps are away, a small army of volunteers, decorators and florists from around the country will descend on the White House on Friday and spend the holiday weekend transforming every inch of the 132-room mansion for Christmas, complete with a tree in every public room…. (Excerpts from Darlene Superville’s article in The Mercury News entitled, First lady takes delivery of White House Christmas tree.)