White House Displays Beautiful Nativity Scene with Baby Jesus

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Inside, glistening wintry branches line both sides of an East Wing hallway that leads guests to a tree decorated with the Trump family's official Christmas ornament, a gold-toned bauble featuring the presidential coat of arms surrounded by a wreath of holly. The dancers echoed the first themed Christmas at the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy's "Nutcracker Suite" in 1961.

- The Trump family is getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas in the White House, and first lady Melania Trump has already decked the halls.

US President Donald Trump, joined by First Lady Melania, 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.

In a move that stunned many in Washington, cable news network CNN opted to skip this year's White House Christmas party.

"You don't see "merry Christmas" anymore", Trump said during a speech in Missouri on Wednesday afternoon, in which he promoted the GOP's tax reform plan.

A big point that President Donald Trump campaigned on was bringing back the phrase "merry Christmas".

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It was in that first year that organizers officially deemed the tree the "National Christmas Tree". Trump has vowed to put "Christmas" back at the centre of the holidays.

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

The first lady's office says the decorations are meant to honor traditions of the past.

The White House said she personally chose every detail of the decor. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and US territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room.

The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays.

That mark has been eclipsed on several occasions in recent times, including the Clinton administrations 36 trees in the 1997 theme of "Santas Workshop", and the 2008 White House Christmas decorations of the Bush administration that included 27 trees as part of a theme of "A Red, White and Blue Christmas".

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