Who can ever forget those unforgettable words which began the most memorable speech in the history of America since the Gettysburg Address. The Trump White House Christmas of 2019 honored those heroes with decor that "celebrate[d] the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American Spirit alive."
As always, the People's House (and even the Oval Office!) was open to us, the American people, during Christmas 2019. President and Mrs. Trump flung open the doors of Our House to all who wanted to help decorate, welcome Christmas visitors, provide entertainment or simply tour those historic halls and rooms to admire the beautiful decorations.
The work (and it's a massive amount of work) began when top-hat clad Wayne Mast, his son Daniel, and Daniel's son, Wyatt, drove their team of Clydesdales, Cash and Ben, up Pennsylvania Avenue to deliver the official White House Christmas Tree to Melania Trump (in sky high Louboutins!) while the band played Christmas Carols.
That's where the glamor ended. It took a team of almost twenty burly National Park Service employees to slide the tree into the White House, squeeze her through doorways and carefully hoist her into position. (Notice how they covered the floor of the Blue Room to protect from scratches.)
The official 2019 Christmas Season kicked off on December 5th with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree by President and Mrs. Trump. Entertainment was provided by U.S. Marine Corps Band, the Tucson Arizona Boys Choir and the West Tennessee Youth Chorus among others.
President Trump especially acknowledged...
Christmas is also the time when each Administration thanks their staff for untold hours of hard work during the past year. Dan Scavino posted this picture of the dessert served during the 2019 Senior Staff Christmas dinner. The beautiful china is Lenox and was selected by First Lady Nancy Reagan. The golden Presidential Seal is embossed in the center of the plate, under the kiwis and strawberries.
I've often thanked God that President Trump is a workaholic who doesn't need much sleep. There's no rest for Presidents and December 2019 was an especially punishing month with receptions, the NATO meeting in London, the 78th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years, and of course, the Army/Navy football game!
This was a special game: the 120th Army/Navy game introduced by an amazing 1961 speech by President John F. Kennedy.
As always, President Trump attended and tossed the coin. This is one of the few occasions you see him heartily singing our National Anthem along with the Army and Navy Academies' glee clubs. As the CBS announcer said, "I'm not sure why but the National Anthem during Army/Navy hits you right in the chest, doesn't it." (Personally the feeling starts with a lump in my throat, goes right round my neck and ties in a big red, white and blue bow at the back!)
This Army/Navy game was also special as President Trump signed an Executive Order in the locker room at the game! The video above explains it.
SPOILER ALERT: Navy won 31-7.
Meanwhile, Melania continued the traditionbegun by First Lady Bess Truman by visiting children in the hospital. Her smile is so warm!
While her husband was busy putting NATO in their place, Melania spent her time in London at the Salvation Army.
Chanukah began on December 22nd in 2019...don't you just love when the dates for Chanukah and Christmas overlap...and President Trump and First Lady Melania were on hand for the customary White House Menorah lighting.
This tradition dates back to 1979 when Jimmy Carter became the first US President to light a Menorah at the White House. Since then every President has participated in the Chanukah celebration.
President and Mrs. Bush ('41) and President Clinton played the dreidel game. In 2005, President and Mrs. Bush ('43) laid out a kosher buffet prepared by the White House kitchen. According to Insider, "Making the White House kitchen kosher involves Saran wrap, tin foil, and vats of boiling water to cover and purify non-kosher surfaces. The chefs use only certified kosher ingredients."
Presidents Obama and Trump continued the Festival of the Lights which is especially apropos as Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is Jewish and Ivanka converted when they married. "Trump signed an executive order that mandates government offices to view Judaism as a race or nationality," according to Wikipedia, "not just a religion, and withhold federal funding under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to colleges and universities that allow discrimination against Jewish students." The menorah was lit by Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales and, just as in 2018, music was provided by the high energy Y-studs a cappella group.
If I had to choose one phrase for the Christmas decor chosen by First Lady Trump in 2019 it would be Winter Wonderland. While the White House was gorgeous in 2017 and 2018, the decorations in 2019 are so magical you may find actual goosebumps rising on your arms. You'll feel like a wide-eyed child again.
Each room of the White House is decorated in a different theme, each imbued with symbolic meaning. Perhaps most poignant is the Gold Star Christmas Tree in the East Wing of the White House decorated by Gold Star families in memory of their loved ones. As always, President Trump spent Christmas Morning in the Oval Office, reaching out to our troops.
For all the beauty of the Christmas trees and decorations, there is something even more beautiful. The gnarled hands of the hundreds of volunteers, most of them Senior Citizens, who string lights, hot glue decorations, fold ornaments, perch on ladders and cling to scaffolds as they place ornaments...and then run the vacuum cleaner to suck up all those bits of ribbon, cranberries that rolled away and pine needles when the work is done.
They volunteer, year after year, regardless of whether the Administration is Republican or Democrat, patriotic or Deep State, honestly elected or placed by coup d'é·tat for one simple reason: we're Americans and don't you ever forget it!
We love our country, our Constitution and Christmas and we'll be darned if the White House isn't as beautiful as humanly possible in honor of our nation and the birth of our Savior regardless of who resides within the White House.
Once again, let's enjoy the 2019 Christmas Message from President and Mrs. Trump.
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