First lady goes with classic, traditional Christmas decor

The Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Cross Hall are decorated with “The Nutcracker Suite” theme is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Red Room working on holiday treats among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Red Room working on holiday treats among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The Green Room with the 2017 holiday decorations is seen during a media preview tour of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Green Room with the 2017 holiday decorations is seen during a media preview tour of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
A silhouette of President John F. Kennedy is seen in the Green Room among the 2017 holiday decorations in the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A silhouette of President John F. Kennedy is seen in the Green Room among the 2017 holiday decorations in the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Official 2017 White House Christmas Ornament is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Official 2017 White House Christmas Ornament is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump walks along the East Colonnade decorated in white branches that are part of 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump walks along the East Colonnade decorated in white branches that are part of 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Christmas tree ornaments are seen in the Red Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Christmas tree ornaments are seen in the Red Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
A window in the Green room is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A window in the Green room is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
A Christmas tree is seen in the the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A Christmas tree is seen in the the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree, center, is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree, center, is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump walks along the East Colonnade decorated in white branches that are part of 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump walks along the East Colonnade decorated in white branches that are part of 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The Red Room is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Red Room is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump tosses an ornament to a child across the table after he tossed one to her as she visits with children in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump tosses an ornament to a child across the table after he tossed one to her as she visits with children in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with “The Nutcracker Suite” theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The gingerbread White House is seen in the East Dining Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The gingerbread White House is seen in the East Dining Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The East Colonnade is decorated with white branches that lead to a Christmas tree in the the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The East Colonnade is decorated with white branches that lead to a Christmas tree in the the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Tree ornaments in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are in "The Nutcracker Suite" theme as seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Tree ornaments in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are in “The Nutcracker Suite” theme as seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The First Family's official Christmas ornament is seen on a tree in the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The First Family’s official Christmas ornament is seen on a tree in the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Tree ornaments in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are in "The Nutcracker Suite" theme as seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Tree ornaments in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are in “The Nutcracker Suite” theme as seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas wreaths are seen on the windows of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Christmas wreaths are seen on the windows of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by children as she arrives to visits with them in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by children as she arrives to visits with them in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by children as she arrives to visits with them in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by children as she arrives to visits with them in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Ornaments on a Christmas tree at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ornaments on a Christmas tree at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas decorations in a hallway of the East Wing of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Christmas decorations in a hallway of the East Wing of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
First lady Melania Trump watches a ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump watches a ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump watches as ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump watches as ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
A ballerina is lifted during a performance of a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A ballerina is lifted during a performance of a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the East Garden room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the East Garden room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House creche is on display in the East Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions." This is the 50th year the creche has been on display.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The White House creche is on display in the East Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” This is the 50th year the creche has been on display. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The Vermeil Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Vermeil Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The Vermeil Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Vermeil Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Green Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Green Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Christmas decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The library at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The library at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Detail shot of the book volumes that form a Christmas tree in the library at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Detail shot of the book volumes that form a Christmas tree in the library at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Place setting is seen on a dining table in the China Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Place setting is seen on a dining table in the China Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The Cross Hall at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Cross Hall at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House creche is on display in the East Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions." This is the 50th year the creche has been on display. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The White House creche is on display in the East Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” This is the 50th year the creche has been on display. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The White House gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The White House gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Place setting are seen on a dining table in the China Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Place setting are seen on a dining table in the China Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Ornaments are hung on a Christmas tree in the Red Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ornaments are hung on a Christmas tree in the Red Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
The Christmas tree is seen in the East Gardner room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Christmas tree is seen in the East Gardner room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The 2017 official White House Christmas card is on display during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The 2017 official White House Christmas card is on display during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Christmas decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is “Time-Honored Traditions.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20:  First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron welcomed a 19.5-foot balsam Fir that will serve as the official White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 20, 2017. The tree is a Wisconsin grown Fir provided by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron welcomed a 19.5-foot balsam Fir that will serve as the official White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 20, 2017. The tree is a Wisconsin grown Fir provided by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump, look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree will be displayed in the White House Blue Room. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
First lady Melania Trump, third from right, with her son Barron Trump, third from left, is presented by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens, the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree will be displayed in the White House Blue Room. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
First lady Melania Trump with her son Barron Trump, right, greet the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens, who presented them the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree will be displayed in the White House Blue Room. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
First lady Melania Trump, third from right, with her son Barron Trump, third from left, is presented by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens, the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree will be displayed in the White House Blue Room. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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The Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Red Room working on holiday treats among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Green Room with the 2017 holiday decorations is seen during a media preview tour of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A silhouette of President John F. Kennedy is seen in the Green Room among the 2017 holiday decorations in the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Official 2017 White House Christmas Ornament is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump walks along the East Colonnade decorated in white branches that are part of 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Christmas tree ornaments are seen in the Red Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A window in the Green room is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A Christmas tree is seen in the the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree, center, is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump walks along the East Colonnade decorated in white branches that are part of 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Red Room is seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump tosses an ornament to a child across the table after he tossed one to her as she visits with children in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The gingerbread White House is seen in the East Dining Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The East Colonnade is decorated with white branches that lead to a Christmas tree in the the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Tree ornaments in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are in "The Nutcracker Suite" theme as seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The First Family's official Christmas ornament is seen on a tree in the East Garden Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Tree ornaments in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are in "The Nutcracker Suite" theme as seen during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas wreaths are seen on the windows of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by children as she arrives to visits with them in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump is greeted by children as she arrives to visits with them in the East Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Ornaments on a Christmas tree at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas decorations in a hallway of the East Wing of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump watches a ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump watches as ballerinas perform a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A ballerina is lifted during a performance of a piece from The Nutcracker among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the East Garden room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions" at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House creche is on display in the East Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions." This is the 50th year the creche has been on display.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The Vermeil Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The Vermeil Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Green Room among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme "Time-Honored Traditions at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The library at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Detail shot of the book volumes that form a Christmas tree in the library at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Place setting is seen on a dining table in the China Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The Cross Hall at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House creche is on display in the East Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions." This is the 50th year the creche has been on display. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The White House gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Place setting are seen on a dining table in the China Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The State Dining Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Ornaments are hung on a Christmas tree in the Red Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Christmas tree is seen in the East Gardner room during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  The 2017 official White House Christmas card is on display during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  Christmas decorations are seen at the North Portico of the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The theme of the White House holiday decorations this year is "Time-Honored Traditions."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20:  First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron welcomed a 19.5-foot balsam Fir that will serve as the official White House Christmas Tree at the White House on November 20, 2017. The tree is a Wisconsin grown Fir provided by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
Melania Trump, Barron Trump
Melania Trump, Barron Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ballerinas leaping to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” helped launch Christmas at the White House, featuring a traditional decor that Melania Trump chose for her family’s first holiday season in the White House.

The first lady’s theme is “Time-Honored Traditions,” a nod to 200 years of holiday celebrations at the executive mansion.

“The decorations are up!” Mrs. Trump tweeted Monday morning. “@WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!”

Among the new touches this year: On the outside, wreaths topped with red bows adorn every White House window. 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 first lady’s office previewed the decorations for journalists on Monday before welcoming students from a nearby military base in Maryland to see the decorations and try some holiday-themed arts and crafts, such as building gumdrop trees and decorating garland.

“Are you the first lady?” asked one incredulous boy who then moved in for a hug. Classmates quickly followed for hugs of their own.

Wearing a winter white dress with cape-like sleeves and gold-toned heels, Mrs. Trump descended a staircase from the residence to the Grand Foyer and spent a few minutes taking in the ballerinas before she joined a group of children making paper wreaths and other decorations in the State Dining Room. The dancers echoed the first themed Christmas at the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy’s “Nutcracker Suite” in 1961.

“Surprise,” the first lady said as she later entered the Red Room, where handiwork with gumdrops was underway.

“So you want to show me how to do it?” she asked after sitting at a table with four students. A boy showed her how to make them.

The family Christmas card is framed and on display, along with cards from past presidents. “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” says the card signed by President Donald Trump, the first lady and Barron, their 11-year-old son.

That’s a change from the Obama years, when the annual cards offered more generic sentiments of “Season’s Greetings” or wishes for happy holidays. Trump has vowed to put “Christmas” back at the center of the holidays. During the presidential campaign, he complained that saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” amounted to “chipping away at Christianity.”

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-by-6-foot (5.5-by-1.8-meter) Balsam fir from Wisconsin in the traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and U.S. territory. A separate tree near the East Wing entrance is dedicated to families that lost loved ones in the military.

The 350-pound (160-kilogram) gingerbread house in the State Dining Room offers a view of the White House from the South Lawn, with wreaths on every window and a U.S. flag flying from its sugary rooftop.

Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs. Trump’s window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end.

“Mrs. Trump’s impeccable style is seen in the beautifully understated decorations and give a great nod to the First Families that came before them,” Pickens said.

More than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours over the holiday weekend decking the White House halls. The White House said Mrs. Trump chose every detail of the decor and did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family’s Thanksgiving at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The holiday celebrations get underway Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue into December with receptions and parties — sometimes two a day — for the next several weeks, including a party Friday for the news media. Trump regularly dismisses the media as “fake news,” including in a tweet Monday.

More than 25,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House for the holidays and the kitchen is ready: 31,000 cookies have been baked, including 15,000 sugar cookies, many of which end up in purses for the trip home.

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.

During President Barack Obama’s final Christmas in office, larger-than-life replicas of family dogs Bo and Sunny greeted visitors in the East Wing. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and U.S. territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room.

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