Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations are not goth-horror this year

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a fan of goth-arty Christmas decorations. I love it when people really go all-out on Christmas theme that’s a bit dark or decorations lacking in “cuteness.” It makes sense for an adults-only Christmas, or a Christmas where your kids are too old to believe in Santa. But call me old school or whatever, but I think the White House is “the People’s House,” and it should not be decorated with stark, bare branches or Blood Trees of Doom. Melania Trump doesn’t have any taste though, so her White House Christmas decor always looks like it came out of a Stephen King novel. Christmas 2017 at the WH was all about white and grey – bare branches with backlighting to make everything look wintery and cold. Then last year’s Christmas decor was full of blood-red horror trees.

So I had low expectations coming into this year’s WH Xmas decor. But guess what? Someone must have given Mel a memo or something about No More Goth Christmases. And Ol’ Mel actually did some pretty decorations this year! I especially like the light, bright white-and-gold theme for the main entrance of the White House, that’s gorgeous. She still had to add those stupid Be Best ornaments though. This year’s theme? “The Spirit of America.” The spirit of America is white and gold. Huh. (Actually, you can see some of the flag-themed ornaments in the video)

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  1. Darla says:

    I’m sorry that video is ridiculous.

  2. Sarah says:

    It looks prettier than last years’ Handmaid tale cosplay. Mel is still trash.

  3. Alexandria says:

    I know someone said this before and I did not think it was possible but she is really beginning to look like Dotard.

  4. Rapunzel says:

    I really don’t care, do u?


    All I want for Christmas is a Trump impeached
    A Trump impeached, a Trump impeached
    All I want for Christmas is a Trump impeached
    So I can wish you Merry Christmas.

    • Liz says:


    • Original T.C. says:

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Can’t wait for this corrupt, lying trash if a family to be given the booth. They can go sell their wares in Russia and Saudi Arabia. Also can’t wait for their accomplices to put on some orange jump suit.

  5. Carolyn says:

    How fitting, the Trumps think the spirit of America is “white”.

  6. heygingersnaps says:

    She is starting to look like Caitlyn Jenner

  7. Lightpurple says:

    Is there a medical reason why that woman cannot put her arms in coat sleeves? And why is she wearing a coat indoors?

    How much of our tax money has been wasted on videos of Trumps walking into rooms?

    These are an improvement over the past 2 years but those gold trees look like dead shrubbery and the Be Best crap is tacky.

    Other First Ladies paid tribute to the 50 states, Melania pays tribute to herself

    • Rapunzel says:

      LP- my theory has always been that Melanoma wears her coats like that because it resembles a cape, and she wishes she was queen.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      My take is that the capes balance out her figure. She’s belting her waistline higher, er, “kidney enhancements”, etc. are all tricks of the fashion trade to conceal a weight gain in the midriff and hips. Remember, even without the stilettos, Melania is a tall woman—she can totally pull this off for a while.

      • ME says:

        Almost time for him to trade her in for a younger model. The sad part is this f*cker won’t have a problem getting a new “hot” wife.

  8. girl_ninja says:

    I cannot stand that ole troll.

  9. Erinn says:

    I kind of liked the creepy red trees last year, ahha.

    This is actually quite pretty, though. Good job to the staffers who had to do all the work, I’m sure.

    • Noodle says:

      Didn’t you see her perfectly manicured fingers put a tiny wreath on a tiny window? That was hard work, okay? She risked arthritis for us, so be best. BE BEST.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      I admit, I got great snark mileage out of her Used Tampon Tree Fest.

  10. naomipaige99 says:

    Tacky! Just like the whole family is!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Coat on the shoulder means…..that she walked right past the camera, got in a car and went to her actual home.

    That woman don’t live at 1600.

    • L84Tea says:

      That’s my take too. She always wears her coat because she’s ready to bolt!

    • Joanna says:

      EXACTLY I’m so pissed about that. All hell would have broken loose if Obama’s family didn’t live in the WH. do you guys think trump lives in the WH? I’m not sure that I believe he does either

      • Tiffany says:

        @Joanna, I think there is no way for him to bypass that. That is why he is always at his properties on the weekends.

      • MrsK says:

        I think he does, because the staff waits on him hand and foot even more than at any of his hotels.

        She doesn’t. I’m betting she lives with her son, with her parents, near his school. If Barron lives at the White House, we would see motorcades going to and from his school every single day. No matter how low-key a motorcade it might be, some paparazzi would have staked this out as their beat and we would have seen pictures of it.

        I think that her son pretty much lived at her parents’ apartment, a few floors down from The Donald, in New York, and she spent most of her time there too. They’re continuing that in Washington. I’m convinced of it.

        I can’t stand the lot of them, but thankfully she and her parents (and sister) are smart enough to keep a low profile so Barron can have some semblance of normalcy.

      • lucy2 says:

        All hell did break loose because the Obamas brought Michelle’s mother to live with them to help with their two young children, as if that would be some huge burden on the tax payers.

  12. SM says:

    I don’t care. All I want for Christmas is these people out of the WH.

  13. Kristina says:

    Very pretty decorations! I do like it better than their past decorations

  14. Elizabeth says:

    The video’s rather silly. I loathe video’s with “important people” pretending to add the “finishing touches” on when they didn’t actually do any of the grunt work putting things together. But the decorations are traditional and pretty, and the White House staff (most of whom have been there for several presidents) did a wonderful job.

    • The Recluse says:

      Ah, that’s the vibe, isn’t it? This woman doesn’t work and did precious little to help out. Ugh!

  15. lucy2 says:

    Pretty decorations (she probably had nothing to do with it), but why does she always stand like she’s in the middle of a fashion shoot for them? It’s weird.

  16. The decorations are okay, but I am so sick of this family (and Melania is not the worst of them, sigh.) The next coming weeks and months are SO important. Let’s all keep working and hope for the best.

  17. BeanieBean says:

    Somehow or other I missed 2017′s decorations. Yikes! Storm clouds overhead! Missed that portent.

  18. Andrea says:

    She has made a mockery of the First lady position. She had zero interest in the role and does as little as humanly possible. I hope we can get back to a normal President and First Lady/First Man? next go around.

    • Oui oki says:

      I think the role is going to be different than the past. Hillary pushed a little, Laura was very basic but then Michelle had young energy, good ideas which were actually her own ideas (for radical change like a garden and less sugar)!not just showing up, and her bare arms and whatever else people felt was scandalous. Now we have Melania randomly acting like she cares one in ten times and also being blatantly fake about her interest in things a lot of the time. So what would we go back to? I think the Laura bush model would no longer seem authentic.
      The only nice thing Melanie has really done is dressed up quite a bit, in any other way she is not showing respect.

      • lucy2 says:

        I finally read Michelle’s book, and the amount of work she did on so many different projects was really wonderful. I hope the next First Spouse follows her lead and makes the best of a weird, unpaid job, and that it happens in 2020 (or sooner!).

  19. Carmen says:

    Those gold trees look like a pile of dead leaves. She never gets it right.

  20. JennyJenny says:

    Reminds me of a store display. And the video looks like a commercial for some sparkly wine!
    I’m always amazed watching her walk around in those towering Louboutin stilettos.

  21. Dorothy says:

    I really don’t care do you? Keep being the Best wife
    For hire #BeBestAtHypocrisy

  22. ME says:

    Do people work in the White House on Christmas? Do staff have to be there? I can see an empty White House on Christmas, those decorations all lonely. This time of year is filled with over-consumption. It really needs to stop. What is the point of so many decorations that NO ONE is going to enjoy? It’s just one big expensive photoshoot paid for by tax payers.

    • JHDC says:

      I have friends who have worked at the WH for different presidents. Some take off on the holidays, but they rotate on which holidays they are off, much like people in retail or other industries where you can’t ALL be off at the same time for a week. They get paid a bonus for working holidays too, and they get to bring their families to celebrate with them, by the way. The WH hosts a Christmas eve dinner for the staff and their families. Christmas day is skeleton staff for the actual family, and other parts/offices are closed.
      Also, the WH hosts a lot of charity organizations and events all month long in December for the holidays, so yeah people do get to see it. Also, anyone can sign up and once your security check goes through, you can tour the WH for free. I’ve done it a few times under Bush and Clinton. I mean, I know everyone here hates Trump (by that I mean, commentators on celebitchy, since I don’t see pro-Trumpers posting anything here obv), but he isn’t doing anything that other past presidents haven’t done regarding decorations and hosting events for the holidays. I am on board for being outraged by other stuff, but I feel like everyone has gone way overboard for the smallest thing that even past presidents have done, including Obama. Like, did Michelle Obama herself hang up all the decorations when she was our First Lady? Of course not. She did what Melania is doing. They pick stuff, meet with the design team, have input sure, but they aren’t climbing on ladders in the leggings and sweatshirts hauling decorations around and decorating every tree/twig in the WH. I mean.. come on.. What if our next president is Warren or Bernie or Biden? I am sure that the same people complaining about decorations and whatnot aren’t gonna mind if their man/woman is in the WH decorating it.
      As for those charities and groups who get to go to the WH for events, they are non-profits that have a mix of members and leaders who are not all from the party of whatever president is hosting. So what? I have been invited through an org I used to work for twice at the WH. My boss was a big Dem and we were invited under Bush. He went, and everyone in our org was excited to be there. It’s not every day anyone gets to attend events there or take pics with ANY president. I went under Clinton with my parents to an event when I was way younger, and they were not fans of him, but it was still cool to be there with others in a place most people would never get to see in person in this country.
      I’m bracing myself for a barrage of hate-comments here, but if we’re gonna criticize, let’s focus on legit stuff, and not point out the same things that literally every president/first lady has done.

      • ME says:

        I think it’s a bit wasteful to go so extravagant, especially since it’s tax payer money. I feel the say whether it’s the Trumps, Obama’s, or any other president. I don’t know much about the charities they invite into the White House because I rarely see news stories about that. Thanks for taking the time to write your comment, I love hearing about people’s real life experiences and insights. I hope you don’t get any hate-comments. You have a right to your opinion.

  23. adastraperaspera says:

    Sorry, it just looks like “The Spirit of the Kremlin” to me. And it’s ridiculous for her to be allowed to decorate our White House at all since she doesn’t even live there.

  24. kerwood says:

    What would she know about America?

    • ME says:

      Why wouldn’t she “know” about America? You’d be surprised how much immigrants know about America…much more than those born here. We actually have to study and pass a test to be considered “American”. I don’t like Melania either, but come on now.

      • kerwood says:

        Because Mrs. Trump has spent most her time in the United States trying to find a rich American husband and then spending as much of his money as she can to keep her far away from the people of the REAL America. The only thing about the United States that Mrs. Trump cared about was how quickly she could get a green card/citizenship for her parents.

      • ME says:

        But in order for her to sponsor her parents to come to America, Melania would have had to become an American citizen first. She must have had to take the test, which means she should know a bit about American history, etc.

      • Joanna says:

        I think Kerwood means mingling with average American people. I don’t think Kerwood is talking about if she knows our history.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Any test she took would be as authentic as her Einstein Visa

      • ME says:

        @ Joanna

        Well she replied and didn’t say that…so I don’t know. But when Melania came to America, she was mingling with average Americans wasn’t she? I don’t know much about her, where she lived before meeting Trump, or who she dated before him. I am guessing he was the first rich celeb she dated? Meaning, she must have been around “average Americans” before meeting him?


        Can people really fake a U.S. citizenship test? That seems highly unlikely, but hey anything is possible I suppose.

  25. Aimee says:

    Remember, this all gets miraculously done by “minions” while these morons are on holiday.

  26. mar says:

    Her face looks like the Grinch from Dr Seuss.

    I do like the decor.

  27. JanetFerber says:

    You know the only “work” she did on these decorations was to be photographed in front of them, right? I do hate her. What an incredible letdown from the beautiful, brainy, accomplished Michelle Obama.

  28. JanetFerber says:

    She’s also starting to get pinched bulldog face. I don’t know how else to describe it. Makes her look mean. She didn’t used to have squinty eyes.

  29. Cara says:

    Her decor is boring and with zero personality, just like her.
    Thank goodness they aren’t creepy this year.

  30. VS says:

    When I think we went from MO to this trashy woman, I just cannot wrap my head around it.
    She is the definition of mediocrity; No more do you see or hear some conservatives talking the price of the FLOTUS wadrobe; now it is all about how well dressed she is; but when it was MO, it was all about the price of her clothes. Well we see that with Meghan as well……..different countries, same tale

    What has she accomplished since the Donald got elected? please don’t mention the nonsense that #BeBest is. She is a birther just like her husband!!!!

    Nov2020….12 more months

  31. Nadia says:

    Obviously Melania doesn’t have any taste. She married Trump of all people.