First Lady Melania Trump made headlines as the Christmas preparations got underway at the White House. Not only is the first family under constant scrutiny for the typical political reasons, but the first lady has brought particular ire from the news media and many of the left’s talking heads.
While nothing that the first lady does seems to please the media, there is always an especially sarcastic tone when reporting on her holiday festivities. Earlier in the week, she welcomed the ceremonial Christmas tree in a maskless photo-op that made a plethora of headlines, mostly negative.
“Today I welcomed the arrival of the beautiful @WhiteHouse Christmas Tree!” the first lady tweeted. “We are excited to begin decorating the People’s House for the holiday season!”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 23, 2020
The tree welcoming holds a long history, the details of which are typically well reported.
WPRI-TV reported that “the Fraser fir is nearly 20 feet tall, and came from a West Virginia tree farm owned by Dan and Anne Taylor, who won this year’s National Christmas Tree Association’s Grand Champion Grower Award. The tree arrived at the White House in a horse-drawn carriage, pulled by two Clydesdales named Winston and Bud while a military band played ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘O Tannenbaum.’”
According to the New York Post, Mrs. Trump told reporters “Merry Christmas” as they “shouted questions about how the president is doing.”
Questions were raised about why the first lady, who has recently recovered from COVID-19 but was out and about without any kind of face covering, but with newly blond hair. However, the White House is said to be moving forward with hosting all of their holiday gatherings, only modified with added precautions, due to reports of spreading coronavirus.
The invitations have gone out for the holiday receptions at the White House—parties set to be held indoors.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 23, 2020
Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman and chief of staff, told NBC News, “Attending the parties will be a very personal choice. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic décor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations.”
Grisham said guest lists will be smaller than in some previous years, and that mask-wearing will be required for guests attending the functions.
NBC reported, “The decision to move forward with indoor events and other gatherings comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, top White House advisers and public health professionals across the nation have been pleading with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or spend the holiday with people from outside of their households.”
According to USA Today, Gresham went on to say shortly after the Christmas tree arrived “The People’s House will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while providing the safest environment possible.
“Attending the parties will be a very personal choice,” Grisham said. “It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations.”
Invitations for events that are planned to start next week have already been sent for the holiday pirates to be held at the presidential mansion. The publication reported that the attendees will enjoy individually chef plated food that will be obtained from plexiglass-protected food stations.
Beverages are going to be served covered, though exactly how they’ll be covered was not spelled out, and all service staff will wear masks and gloves to comply with food safety guidelines USA Today reported. Hand-sanitizer stations are also being incorporated and located throughout the State Floor.”
“We are at a dire point in our fight with this virus by any measure cases,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Monday during an interview. “Positivity, hospitalizations, death – we are seeing more Americans negatively impacted than ever before. I’m asking Americans – and begging you – hold on just a little bit longer. Keep Thanksgiving and the celebrations small and smart this year.”