This year, there are even ballerinas!
At least, there were when Melania was touring the Christmas decorations and this picture was taken.
Maybe the ballerinas are a throwback to Jackie Kennedy’s Nutcracker decorations?
Melania also spent some time with children, making additional holiday decorations.
Back in 1903, President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt held a Christmas carnival for 500 children! There was dinner, dancing, music, souvenirs, and Santa-shaped ice cream. Talk about a party!
Every year, the White House Historical Association designs an official White House Christmas ornament. Here's this year's:
This year’s ornament honors FDR’s administration. It’s shaped vaguely like a tabletop radio, which many households used to listen to Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats. It also features two flags with 48 stars each to show the number of states in the union during Roosevelt’s four terms. The back of the ornament depicts Roosevelt’s beloved dog Fala.
Recently, the official ornaments have each honored a different former president.
Lst year’s honored President Herbert Hoover, who served as president from 1929 to 1933.
The fire truck represents those that responded to a fire at the White House on Christmas Eve of 1929.
Here's an awesome video of Melania showing off this year's decorations:
It’s enough to get even Scroogiest of us into the holiday spirit.
And that’s something we can certainly use after the year we’ve been having!