White House pastry chefs make National Mall in gingerbread
The traditional White House gingerbread house isn't exactly a house this year. It's massive and sugary. It's a replica of the entire National Mall.
The pastry creation required 225 pounds of dough. It took 25 pounds of chocolate and 20 pounds of white icing. It was featured at the unveiling of the White House holiday decorations. It includes a replica of the Capitol. It includes replicas of the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. It includes a replica of the Washington Monument. And it includes a replica of the White House complete with tiny green wreaths with red ribbons. These hang 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 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 showing her walking amid the display.
Decorations in the ornate East Room are meant to highlight the diversity and ingenuity of American architecture.
There are four custom-made mantelpieces featuring city skylines. These skylines include New York and St. Louis. It also includes the skylines of Chicago and San Francisco. There are seventy-two handmade paper ornaments representing six regions across the nation. These adorn four 14-foot fir trees. In the library, trees are decorated with ornaments from all states and territories.
In the China Room there are three tables recreating previous state dinners. The depict dinners from past presidents including Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
The third table depicts a dinner held by President Trump. They use china and glassware. These are from the White House permanent collection. A place card for President Donald Trump is next to one for "Mrs. Macron." She is French President Emmanuel Macron's wife, Brigitte.
There are decorations representing an American cornucopia. It includes fruits, vegetables and grains. These adorn a tree. They are upstairs in the Green Room.
The 18-foot official White House Christmas tree stands tall in the center of the Blue Room. The Fraser fir is from North Carolina. It is decorated with more than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each state and territory.
The Red Room features ornaments and two wreaths. They are made of pencils stamped with "Be Best," Mrs. Trump's youth initiative.
Patriotism is on display in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall. More than 14,000 red ornaments hang on the branches of 29 trees. Hidden projectors cast silhouettes of pine and other holiday greenery on the ceilings.
Past presidents gaze down on the holiday display from their portraits. The portraits hang on the walls of the corridor. Presidents include John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. They also include George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.