Inside tour: First lady decorates White House for Christmas

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As president, Trump repeated the promise yet again in October 2017 at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., proclaiming, "We're saying "Merry Christmas" again".

In 2015, candidate Donald Trump proclaimed he wanted to see more Christmas.

Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has been holding a competition for the official White House Blue Room tree.

Among the new touches this year: On the outside, wreaths topped with red bows adorn every White House window.

Jeff Flake, a Republican Senator and critic of the President, said Mr Trump's disregard for "shared facts" is "dangerous to democracy". "It says "happy holidays" all over", Donald Trump proclaimed in the past.

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Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory. A separate tree near the East Wing entrance is dedicated to families that lost loved ones in the military. The First Lady's Director of Communications Stephanie Grisham also sent out a tweet with the image of the hallway decorations that many are deeming eerie and spooky and better suited to Halloween than Christmas.

The first lady's office previewed the decorations for journalists on Monday after more than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent 1,600 hours during the long holiday weekend decking the White House halls. Trump regularly dismisses the media as "fake news", including in a tweet Monday.

This year marks the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.

One Twitter user pointed out that the dimly lit hallway lined with dead branches painted white looks like the ideal spot to tape a "Stranger Things" scene. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House for the holidays and the kitchen is ready: a total of 31,000 cookies have been baked, including 15,000 sugar cookies.

At last year's ceremony, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle feted Kelly Clarkson, Eva Longoria, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony and Chance the Rapper.

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