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Dancing ballerinas kick off Christmas at the White House

Dancing ballerinas kick off Christmas at the White House Dancing ballerinas kick off Christmas at the White House
Charlie Simmons | 30 November, 2017, 14:25

"And so it is these media types, CNN and Politico, that are doing a disservice to the gracious act, that the president and the first lady have offered so many of these individuals, not just the on-air talent and the executives, but those technicians that really work hard and labor on behalf of those organization to get the news and the broadcast out", he said.

The First Lady decorated the presidential mansion - installed by an army of 150 volunteers from 29 states- choosing the theme "Time-Honoured Traditions". Trump has vowed to put "Christmas" back at the centre of the holidays. Trump has repeatedly accused CNN of being unduly critical of his administration while the network's journalists have asserted that the president is undermining press freedom.

And that wish for a Merry Christmas, was proclaimed loud and proud, all the way down to this year's official Christmas cards.

She suspected that she was not invited because of her previous confrontations with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and President Donald Trump.

That greeting is a change from the years when Barack Obama and his family were living in the White House.

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Among the Christmas decorations this year is a 5.5-by-1.8-meter Balsam fir from Wisconsin.

Other decorations, according to BusinessInsider.com include 53 Christmas trees, more than 12,000 ornaments, 18,000 feet of Christmas lights, and 71 wreaths.

A separate tree near the East Wing entrance honors military families who have lost loved ones.

The 350-pound (about 160-kilogram) gingerbread house this year offers a view of the White House from the south. Candy-covered wreaths hang from every window and a USA flag flies from its sugary housetop. The White House said Mrs. Trump chose every detail of the decor and did a final check late Sunday after returning from the family's Thanksgiving at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The holiday celebrating begins later Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue well into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks. Many of those are expected to go home with visitors. "Thank you", one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page.

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