Melania Trump is excited about the Christmas Tree getting to the White House this year. The tree is arriving at the White House tomorrow, November 23. And, it sounds like the First Lady is ready to decorate it.
A tree in the White House is a staple of Christmas arriving. Every year, the White House boasts one of the best trees in the country.
Additionally, there are strict rules for the Christmas tree in the White House. According to the White House’s website, the tree must stand 18-19 feet and reach the ceiling of the Blue Room in the white house. There is typically a chandelier in the famous room, but it is removed for the tree.
Melania gives a quick history lesson in the caption of the Christmas tree arrival from 2017.
“Since 1966, the arrival of the White House Christmas Tree has become an iconic holiday tradition. This year’s tree, a lovely 18 1/2 foot Fraser Fir from Dan and Bryan Trees of West Virginia, will arrive tomorrow at the @WhiteHouse North Portico. #WHChristmas”
However, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, held the first Christmas party at the White House. Also, that party was held all the way back in December of 1800. The party was given in honor of their granddaughter Susanna Adams.
Melania White House Christmas Party History
Rightly so, Melania points out that Christmas in the White House is a long-standing tradition. In keeping with tradition, Melania follows the precedence set by the famous people that went before her.
The first confirmed Christmas tree in the White House was put in the family parlor and library on the second floor. This first Christmas tree was in 1889 and decorated with candles for President Benjamin Harrison’s grandchildren
Additionally, Melania is correct in saying that a Christmas tree in the Blue Room has been a standing tradition since 1966. As there have been no non-Christian Presidents (aside from John F. Kennedy), the tradition is 54 years old.
For example, in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy started the first themed decoration of the White House Christmas tree. Jacqueline Kennedy even started the tradition of having themed Christmas trees.
Additionally, Melania is correct in saying that a Christmas tree in the Blue Room has been a standing tradition since 1966. As there have been no non-Christian Presidents (aside from Kennedy) in U.S. history, the tradition is 54 years old.
[H/T White House History]