Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees evoke more horror than holidays

White House Gingerbread for Christmas

First lady Melania Trump designed the decorations for the people's house, choosing an "American Treasures" theme meant to showcase a spirit of patriotism.

Carolyn Kaster/APTopiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

The theme for 2018 is "American Treasures" and the White House says the First Lady designed the elaborate display.

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. "It is a symbol of valor and bravery". "Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".

Over the years, first ladies have appeared in blinking Christmas tree pins and emerald green dresses.

White House Christmas Decoration

The official White House Christmas Tree, situated in the Blue Room, is 18 feet tall and adorned with over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each state and territory.

Sometimes it wasn't all festive.

But the effect - essentially the flipside of last year's motif, in which the trees were solid white and also derided as horror movie worthy - didn't draw too many warm feelings on social media.

This holiday season, the White House will host 100 December open houses and receptions, the same as previous year.

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