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Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

Topiary trees lined the East colonnade.
Topiary trees lined the East colonnade. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has arrived at the White House.

First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decor on Monday. Mrs. Trump designed the decor, which features a theme of ‘‘American Treasures.’’

The White House says decorations include a tree trimmed by Gold Star families, an array of topiary trees and mantelpieces featuring the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco.

Also on display are the customary gingerbread house and the traditional White House tree, which stands at 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.

Mrs. Trump tweeted a video showing her walking among this year’s holiday decorations, which also include an ornament emblazoned with the slogan for her child well-being campaign, Be Best.

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The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, leading into the Blue Room.
The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, leading into the Blue Room. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
The White House gingerbread house showcases the full expanse of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The White House gingerbread house showcases the full expanse of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
The First Family’s official Christmas ornament.
The First Family’s official Christmas ornament. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
The Cross Hall in the White House.
The Cross Hall in the White House. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
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The White House’s Red Room.
The White House’s Red Room. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The official 2018 White House Christmas Ornament.
The official 2018 White House Christmas Ornament. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)