The Trump family debuted their holiday card wishing Americans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, instead of the generic, more politically correct, ‘Happy Holidays.’
Last year’s card sent out by President Obama included a family photo and wished Americans a ‘Joyous Holiday Season.’
As the Christmas decorations were unveiled today, so was the Trump card signed by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and even 11-year-old Barron and was displayed in the White House’s ‘Bookseller’s’ area.
The holiday card keeps Trump’s pledge to ‘say Merry Christmas again’ when he campaigned.
He said: ‘They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,’ Trump said. ‘We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.’
The Obamas, in contrast, said ‘Happy Holidays’ in their cards, although their defenders say the president used ‘Merry Christmas’ in speeches.
The Trumps did make common cause with the Obamas by including Barron, in the same way, Sasha and Malia had been in their predecessors’ cards.
Barron did not play host alongside mom Melania, but he did guide Americans through this year’s Christmas tour.
An illustrated version of the first son is featured in this year’s White House Christmas booklet, given to tourists and guests who visit the executive mansion during the holidays.
The booklet, titled ‘Time-Honored Traditions,’ for this year’s decorative theme, and begins with a cartoon Barron on the cover guiding the horse-drawn carriage carrying the White House’s Christmas tree.
Barron wasn’t behind the wheel, but did a walk-around of the carriage last week alongside his mother, surveying the 18-foot, 6-inch Wisconsin-grown beauty, headed to the White House’s blue room.
Barron’s attendance marked one of the 11-year-old’s first official appearances at a White House event.
Barron, the youngest Trump, had grown taller than his ex-model mom.
‘Barron,’ wearing grey slacks, a blue jacket, a white button-down shirt, completing the outfit with a festive red scarf, is illustrated walking through the East Colonnade that is filled with white branches, giving the hallway the look of a forest directly after an ice storm.
In the Blue Room, Barron’s hand is captured putting an ornament on the tree. The Trumps decided to decorate the Blue Room tree with bulbs from all the states and territories.
The ornament Barron is hanging is the one from New York, where he grew up before moving to Washington, D.C., this spring.
Cartoon Barron is seen walking through the Grand Foyer, featuring icicle-drenched trees, as an homage to the Nutcracker, as the young Trump takes the Grand Staircase, up to the residence.
The illustrations were done by Jim Starr of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.
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