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Melania Trump Continues to be Mocked for White House Christmas Decorations
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3 Dec 2017 10:51 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Melania Trump's Christmas décor at the White House (Image Source: Stephanie Grisham via Twitter)

First, Melania Trump couldn't wear a coat properly.

Now, she can't decorate properly.

The First Lady has been getting mocked for her decoration skills. She's been decorating the White House halls with dark bare branches and gloomy lights. Some have remarked that Melania's Christmas decorations look like more like Halloween decorations.

Back in July, Melania Trump and her 11-year-old son, Barron, moved into the White House full time. Other than cyberbullying, she's been thinking about her next job: Christmas decorations. Every Christmas, all the focus is on the White House's holiday décor. Melania came up with a theme for the White House's holiday season, according to East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham.

On Monday, Nov. 27, the first lady unveiled the “Time-Honored Traditions,” which she helped decorate. She wanted to give a nod to the past 200 years of White House holidays.

"Like many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us," Trump said in a statement to CNN. "I hope when visiting the People's House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays."

The Trumps weren't home when the decorating commenced at the White House. They were at Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving. While Melania didn't decorate the White House herself, she did get flak for it. Each year, the White House asks for volunteers to help hang the thousands of ornaments, and 3,000-plus yards of holiday ribbon, and garland onto the 53 trees.

The Christmas wreaths and the 18,000 strings of lights are hung up by the White House residence staff. Melania reportedly picked out the decorations for the holiday season.

“Mrs. Trump personally selected every detail of this year's holiday season at the White House,” Grisham said in a statement to CNN.

And she's been ripped apart for it.

People on social media claimed the White House now looks like something out of Nightmare Before Christmas. Others joked that all it needs is The Babadook, a 2014 Australian psychological thriller.

Something else that was at the White House was ballerina Angela Mia Belmonte of Clinton, New York. She's an artist who works with Vivid Ballet in Hartford, Ct. The White House invited the company to perform for Melania Trump on Monday. Unfortunately, the White House didn't request a finalized ballet performance until last week, giving them little time to rehearse.

“There was a lot of on-the-spot choreography, but it was a good learning experience,” Belmonte told Syracuse.com. “It kept us on our toes, literally. It was a really special opportunity.”

The dancers arrived at the White House at 7:30 a.m. on Monday to perform, and then got dressed to perform for Melania at 10 a.m. They danced in front of the First Lady and an orchestra as they danced along to several songs from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. Melania didn't speak directly to the ballet dancers, but she did clap and smile as they danced. This special performance kicked off the Christmas season at the White House.

The First Lady also invited students from a local military base in Maryland to check out the decorations and try their hand at arts and crafts. Before December ends, an estimated 25,000 people are expected to tour the White House decorations. 

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