Melania Trump has shared a video of her final White House Christmas display as she paid tribute to the ‘land we are proud to call home’, two months after it was revealed that she once blasted her festive duties as First Lady in a recording released by a former friend and employee.
The video posted by Melania on Twitter showed trees lining the halls as a toy train bearing the message ‘America the beautiful’ went past, the final Christmas theme chosen by the First Lady.
She donned a $1,060 gold lamé shirt from Dries Van Noten, a black high waisted pencil skirt and stiletto heels to walk among the lavishly adorned trees and showed off the crafts made by children from all 50 states.
She wrote: ‘During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share “America the Beautiful” and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home. #WHChristmas.’
On the weekend she thanked the many volunteers who helped to put together her final Christmas display.
She wrote: ‘This weekend, volunteers from all across America have come to decorate the for the holiday season.
‘Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!’
Earlier this year, Melania was criticized after she said ‘who gives a f*** about Christmas’ in a leaked phone call.
First Lady Melania Trump strutted among wreaths and trees in the video shared on her Twitter account as she prepares to leave the White House
Melania shared a video of her final White House Christmas display as she paid tribute to the ‘land we are proud to call home’, months after she blasted her festive duties as First Lady
The mother-of-one donned a $1,060 festive gold lamé shirt from Dries Van Noten, a black pencil skirt and heels to walk among the lavishly adorned trees and showed off the crafts made by children from all 50 states
The video, which was posted by Melania on Twitter, showed trees lining the halls as a toy train bearing the message ‘America the beautiful’ went past, the final Christmas theme chosen by the First Lady
Over the weekend Melania thanked the many volunteers who came to help put together her final Christmas display
During her time as First Lady, Melania has often wowed with her fashion choices.
The former model has donned a slew of high-end labels, from Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, always pulling out the style stops in order to ensure she makes a sartorial statement on every occasion.
And this outing was no different, with Melania making every effort to ramp up the glamour.
The mother-of-one wore her light brunette locks in a loose wavy style around her shoulders, and opted for her signature smokey eye look, swiping on lashing of mascara, before finishing things up with a sweep of bronzer across her cheeks.
She donned the fashion-forward metallic gold shirt with an ultra high-waisted black pencil skirt and a pair of towering black high heels.
The former model kept her accessories minimal for the appearance, adding a simple, yet trendy, brown belt.
Among the many decorations was a model of Air Force 1 hanging from a tree in the ‘America the beautiful’ themed display
The video showed off the lavish decorations on the many trees inside the White House, adorned with tinsel and Christmas lights
Her display included bouquets of flowers and trees with golden eagles at the top, reflecting her patriotic theme
The video showed off much of the interior of the White House as she decorated the trees with flowers with the help of volunteers
There were decorations in many different rooms all fitting the theme of America the beautiful, months after Melania blasted her festive duties
There were the traditional colors of red, green, silver and gold on the trees lining the halls of the White House
First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday thanked the volunteers who helped decorate the White House for Christmas (pictured)
The White House in September said that a smaller group of volunteers would be approved this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: a volunteer hangs a Christmas wreath outside the White House
Pictured: a volunteer strings a garland around the White House as Melania Trump prepares for the traditional White House Christmas celebrations
Melania Trump: ‘Thank you for your time, enthusiasm & devotion to make sure the spirit of peace & joy fill the historic rooms & halls of the People’s House!’
Melania’s annual viewing of the White House Christmas decorations came less than two months after she was heard complaining about the traditional First Lady duty of decorating the executive mansion in a recording released by her former friend and employee Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
The tapes were released when Wolkoff appeared on CNN on October 1, hours before it was announced Melania and Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Wolkoff was promoting her memoir, ‘Melania & Me,’ which portrays the first lady in an unflattering light.
Melania Trump has blasted the book as ‘idle gossip.’
The taped conversation appears to have taken place shortly after Melania visited an immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas, back in June 2018.
Pictured: a volunteer wearing a face mask fixes the red bow on a Christmas wreath as the White House prepares for Christmas
Melania Trump welcomes the arrival of the 2020 White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 23 in Washington D.C.
She huffed ‘give me a f***ing break’ while complaining about criticism she received for her husband’s policy of splitting up families who illegally crossed the border while at the same time having to decorate the White House for Christmas. The East Wing begins for the holiday season in June.
‘They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like [President Trump], I support him, I don’t say enough. I don’t do enough,’ Melania says.
‘Where I am. I put – I’m working like a – my a** off – at Christmas stuff that you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration? But I need to do it, right?
‘Ok, and then I do it. And I say that I’m working on Christmas planning for the Christmas. And they said, “Oh, what about the children that they were separated?”
‘Give me a f***ing break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?’ she said.
The White House Christmas tree this year is an 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia (pictured) and will be the centerpiece in the Blue Room
Photos shared by Melania on Saturday showed volunteers placing a ‘USA’ ornament on the 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir shipped from West Virginia. It will be placed in the White House’s Blue Room as the centerpiece.
Volunteers were photographed stringing garlands along the pristine walls and hanging bow-cinched Christmas wreaths outside the White House.
At least two volunteers were seen wearing face masks after the White House said this holiday season would see new health policies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘In order to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all volunteers and entertainers, this year’s holiday season will include new policies in place that align with the guidance issued by Federal, State, and local officials,’ the White House wrote in a September statement.
A smaller number of volunteers were selected this year and volunteers were expected to wear face coverings.
Washington D.C. has recorded 21,308 coronavirus cases and 678 deaths as of Friday, when officials last updated the capitol’s dashboard.
The United States overall has recorded more than 13.2million cases and 266,074 deaths.
The Surgeon General said that even the White House should follow CDC guidelines when it comes to holiday parties as the Trump administration plans to go forward with festive gatherings in the next few weeks.
‘We want everyone to understand that these holiday celebrations can be super spreader events, so we want them to be smart and we want them to be as small as possible,’ Dr. Jerome Adams said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’
And that applies to the White House, where preparations are underway for the annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month.
‘Go to CDC.gov. Look at those tips for everyone. These apply to the White House, they apply to the American people, they apply to everyone. We want you to stay safe, so we can get to a vaccine,’ Adams said.
The parties this year will be smaller than they were in the past, a spokesperson for the first lady said.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said even the White House should obey guidelines for scaled-back holiday events this year
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are planning to hold several holiday parties at the White House this year. The first couple is seen above in their official Christmas portrait from last year
‘The People’s House will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while providing the safest environment possible. This includes smaller guest lists, masks will be required and available, social distancing encouraged while on the White House grounds, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the State Floor,’ Melania’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham said.
‘Guests will enjoy food individually plated by chefs at plexiglass-protected food stations. All passed beverages will be covered. All service staff will wear masks and gloves to comply with food safety guidelines. Attending the parties will be a very personal choice. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations,’ she added.
The White House Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9 and the congressional Christmas party is slated for December 10.
Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather in the ground floor state rooms at the White House.
And they are just two of the many receptions held in the holiday season. It’s not unusual for there to be an event every night the first few weeks of December as the first couple welcomes staff, supporters, party members and donors into the executive mansion to see the decorations and toast the season.
The first lady is expected to unveil the holiday decorations in the next few weeks.