17 photos show the White House all decked out for Christmas

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This year's official theme for the White House decorations is "American Treasures", and decorations include hundreds of trees and ornaments of all sizes to celebrate America's cities, states, and citizens.

Melania Trump posted a video on Twitter.

First lady Melania Trump has unveiled the 2018 White House Christmas decorations. First lady Melania Trump spearheads the annual tradition.

Over the years, first ladies have appeared in blinking Christmas tree pins and emerald green dresses.

The White House Historical Association's official 2018 Christmas ornament hangs on a tree in the White House library on Monday
Melania Trump Reveals Elaborate White House Christmas Decorations For 2018: See Gorgeous Pics

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump decided "to let the decorations speak for themselves". Shots of "Be Best" branded tree ornaments and a wreath constructed entirely out of promotional pencils serve as a nice reminder of that time the first lady launched a (grammatically awkward) policy initiative created to tackle a vaguely defined spectrum of issues, including childhood bullying and opiate abuse. Facing reporters at the 1986 media preview of holiday decorations, Reagan denied that she and President Ronald Reagan had been bickering over whether Chief of Staff Donald Regan should be fired.

But the effect - essentially the flipside of last year's motif, in which the trees were solid white and also derided as horror movie worthy - didn't draw too many warm feelings on social media.

For those of you who can't make it to Washington, D.C., for a White House holiday tour, take a look. Meanwhile, the Gold Star Family tree pays tribute to troops.