Melania Trump leads 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

Melania Trump leads 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

"The video showed over a dozen occasions of the Obamas publicly sharing such wishes, which came shortly after Trump pledged that the US will celebrate "'merry Christmas' again".

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

First lady Melania Trump was at the helm of the 95th annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday night, flipping the switch after the president led the crowd in a countdown from ten.

"We want to wish everybody a merry Christmas, a happy New Year, have unbelievable holidays, and we are now going to light a very attractive tree", said Trump.

Now President Trump has vowed to take on the so-called war on Christmas. "It says "happy holidays" all over", Donald Trump proclaimed in the past. "On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season".

Despite apologising for the comments in the run-up to the election previous year, the President has told allies the voice was not actually his, according to The New York Times.

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The decorations continue a tradition that dates back decades.

The first lady's office says the decorations are meant to honor traditions of the past. More than 150 volunteers from around the country spent more than 1,600 hours decorating the White House.

The decor includes 71 wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights, more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards (about 2,800 meters) of ribbon and more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) of Garland, the White House said. 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.

Some compared it to the warmer, more traditional red, white and green accents seen in the years when former President Barack Obama lived there.

"Glad she's understood the aesthetic of the long national nightmare we're in", one person said, while another called "that long, foreboding tunnel of darkness swallowing us up" a metaphor for the political climate.

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