White House pastry chefs make National Mall in gingerbread The gingerbread house, showcasing the full expanse of the National Mall: the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and, the White House is seen in the State Dining Room during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
White House pastry chefs make National Mall in gingerbread
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The traditional White House gingerbread house isn't exactly a house this year. It's massive. It's sugary. It's a replica of the entire National Mall.

The pastry creation required 225 pounds of dough. It took 25 pounds of chocolate. It took 20 pounds of white icing. It was featured at the unveiling of the White House holiday decorations. It has a replica of the Capitol. It has a replica of the Lincoln Memorial. It has a replica of the Jefferson Memorial. It has a replica of the Washington Monument. And it has a replica of the White House. The White House even has tiny green wreaths. They have red ribbons. They are on each window.

White House pastry chefs have created gingerbread houses during the holidays since the early 1970s. The first one depicted a Christmas village. Another was a replica of President Bill Clinton's boyhood home. That was in Arkansas.

"American Treasures" is the theme of this year's White House holiday decor. It was designed by First Lady Melania Trump. She tweeted a video. It showed her walking amid the display. 

There are decorations in the ornate East Room. Those are meant to highlight the diversity and ingenuity of American architecture.

There are four custom-made mantelpieces. Those feature city skylines. They feature the skyline of New York. The skyline of St. Louis. The skyline of Chicago. And the skyline of San Francisco. There are seventy-two handmade paper ornaments. These represent six regions across the nation. They adorn four 14-foot fir trees. Trees are decorated with ornaments. They are from all states and territories. They are in the library.

In the China Room there are three tables. They recreate previous state dinners. The dinners were held by past presidents. Those presidents included Theodore Roosevelt. It included John F. Kennedy. 

The third table was a dinner hosted by President Trump. They used china. They used glassware.These are from the White House permanent collection. A place card for President Donald Trump was next to one for "Mrs. Macron." She is French President Emmanuel Macron's wife. Here name is Brigitte.

There are decorations representing an American cornucopia. It includes fruits. It includes vegetables. And it includes grains. These adorn a tree. They are upstairs. They are in the Green Room.

The official White House Christmas tree is 18-feet tall. It stands in the center of the Blue Room. It is a Fraser fir. It is from North Carolina. It is decorated with more than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon. The ribbon is embroidered in gold with each state and territory.

The Red Room features ornaments. It also has two wreaths. They are made of pencils. The pencils are stamped with "Be Best." That is Mrs. Trump's youth initiative.

Patriotism is on display. You can see it in the Grand Foyer. And you can see it in Cross Hall. There are more than 14,000 red ornaments. These hang on the branches of 29 trees. There are hidden projectors. These cast silhouettes of pine and other holiday greenery on the ceilings.

Past presidents gaze down on the holiday display. Those presidents include John F. Kennedy. It includes Jimmy Carter. It includes George H.W. Bush. And it includes Ronald Reagan. They do so from their portraits. These portraits are on the walls of the corridor.

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  • JennyH-dec
    1/12/2019 - 11:24 a.m.

    That’s crazy on how big this gingerbread mall is! I can imagine it took forever to make. It’s also very cool how famous past presidents came to visit this display.

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