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National Christmas Tree Lighting is tonight; here's how to watch

National Christmas Tree Lighting is tonight; here's how to watch

Meanwhile, inside the White House, there's a Kentucky connection to the White House Chrismas Decorations.

Even though CNN has said it will not attend the White House Christmas party this year, an administration official has sent invites to the celebration to more than a dozen of the network's off-camera personnel, The Washington Post reports.

Inside of the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, the decor was inspired by the "Nutcracker Suite" theme of the 1961 White House holiday decorations, with several Christmas trees coated with crystal ornaments and faux snow inside.

A press statement from the White House says the decorations were designed by First Lady Melania Trump "with a nod to tradition" and paying "respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House". According to trump, the phrase "Happy holidays" negates the Christian essence of Christmas.

Now President Trump has vowed to take on the so-called war on Christmas.




The 350-pound (160-kilogram) gingerbread house in the State Dining Room offers a view of the White House from the South Lawn, with wreaths on every window and a USA flag flying from its sugary rooftop.

Among the Christmas standards is an 18-foot (about 5.5-meter) fir tree in its traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and USA territory.

The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays.

Mrs. Trump's signature Christmas includes 71 wreaths, 53 Christmas trees, more than 18,000 lights, more than 12,000 ornaments, more than 3,100 yards (about 2800 meters) of ribbon and more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) of garland, the White House said.

"We pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blessed with faith", said President Trump.

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