Christmas Trees? Really?
Yet again, Melania Trump has found herself in the headlines, this time over her choice of White House Christmas décor.
The first lady proudly unveiled her “American Treasures” themed ornamentation in late November, soon becoming a source of mockery with her particular choice of all-red Christmas trees lining the East colonnade. According to a statement from the White House, the theme is meant to “honor the unique heritage of America” and “shine with the spirit of patriotism.”
While she also included many traditional aspects of holiday adornment like evergreen trees that twinkle in gold and blue hues in the Vermeil Room and the gingerbread house replicating the National Mall displayed in the State Dining Room, the Scrooge’s among the critics are fixated on those crimson red trees. People are referring to them as “Melania’s red Christmas trees of death,” and the “forest of red-blood trees.” They’re even comparing the topiary to the red-clad women of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the sea of blood from the movie “The Shining.”
This backlash comes as no surprise considering last holiday season the First Lady of the United States was judged for decorating a White House hallway with planters of white tree branches that critics called “the most terrifying domestic space in America.” Whether it be the clothes she wears or the décor she chooses, Melania continues to be no stranger to the harsh and myopic lens of media. But if media has not taken the attacks down to Christmas trees, have they gone too far? Would any other FLOTUS get this much pushback for her choice of holiday décor? Not in my memory.
Regardless, there is no denying how much work she put into making the White House look as beautiful as it does. Instead of trying to find negatives in everything about Washington, let’s take a break and get in the holiday spirit and celebrate the blessings we all enjoy. That is what Melania hopes we can all do and embrace her creativity as a welcome change.