Melania Trump Reveals Christmas Décor but Stays Hidden

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What you can see, and what you can’t see, in the official White House photographs.

You know the holiday season has officially begun when the White House segues from pardoning the Thanksgiving turkeys to unveiling the Christmas decorations. If the bird is the responsibility of the commander in chief, the interior design is that of the first lady, and so, on Monday morning, Melania Trump’s office released the photos of this year’s makeover.

They include numerous pics relating to the theme, “The Spirit of America” a “tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great,” according to the announcement: close-ups of the “Gold Star Family tree” (decorated by Gold Star families), the stars and stripes ribbons and ornaments trimming the fireplace of the East Room, and the mini-White House Advent calendar in a window of the Green Room (among other sparkly additions).

So far, so festive. They really are.

What they do not include, however: a portrait, or even a quick snap, of the first lady beaming merrily (or not) amid the glittering greenery. Nothing, in other words, like last year’s portrait of Mrs. Trump walking in seeming bedazzlement down the East Colonnade flanked by blood-red topiary trees, the one that spurred a thousand memes and comparisons to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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