The world has become familiar with morning Twitter declarations from the White House since President Trump took office in January, but the message on Monday from the first lady, Melania Trump, struck a different tone than her husband’s.
“The decorations are up!” she wrote.
Mrs. Trump unveiled on Monday the White House’s Christmas decorations, kicking off a season of open houses and receptions with more than 25,000 visitors expected through December.
“The president, Barron and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” Mrs. Trump said in a statement released by the White House, referring to Mr. Trump’s youngest son.
The first guests were children and students from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Mrs. Trump worked on arts and craft projects with them during the visit.
The theme for the family’s first Christmas in office is “Time-Honored Traditions,” which looks back at 200 years of holiday celebrations there. Dancers performed a number from “The Nutcracker” in the Cross Hall, a nod to the first themed Christmas at the White House in 1961.
In addition to the interior decorations, the first family will participate in the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting outside the White House on Thursday.