First Lady Melania Trump, alongside President Trump attended the 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington D.C. Thursday night.
Turning on the Christmas light, Melania donned a festive red checked plaid coat by Gabriela Hearst. Looking phenomenal as always, the Gabriela Hearst Cassatt Coat features a collar neckline, front flap pockets, double breasted closure, and belted waist. The longline hem coat retailed for $4,900 and was on sale for $1,960 at Modaoperandi.com, but unfortunately it is now sold out.
The U.S. Marine Corps Band played “O Christmas Tree” as the first couple took to the stage.
“It’s an honor to be with everyone tonight, and all across our land, Melania and I would like to wish you a very, very Merry Christmas,” President Trump said before the first lady pressed the button lighting the 30-foot tall Colorado spruce tree. “More than 2,000 years ago, a brilliant star shone in the East. Wise men traveled far, far afield. I mean, they were a long distance away. And they came and they stood with us under the star, where they found the Holy Family in Bethlehem. As the Bible tells us, when the Wise Men “had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and fell down and worshipped him.”
President Trump added, “Christians give thanks that the Son of God came into the world to save humanity. Jesus Christ inspires us to love one another with hearts full of generosity and grace. And at Christmas, we remember this eternal truth: Every person is a beloved child of God. As one grateful nation, we praise the joy of family, the blessings of freedom, and the miracle of Christmas.”
Featured House member guest of the Christmas lighting show included Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and John Ratcliffe of Texas. Celebrity guest that attended was country singer Jessie James Decker, singer Colton Dixon, and The Voice contestants Spensha Baker and Cheval Shepherd.
Thursday’s Christmas Tree Lighting marks the 96th year a president participated. It began in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve on the Ellipse, the site where the National Christmas Tree grows today.
The 30-foot spruce is joined on the Ellipse by 56 smaller trees representing every state and territory and the District of Columbia with handmade ornaments from those regions. The National Christmas Tree is decorated with ornaments from every state and territory and the District, and is covered in 50,000 lights and 450 large white stars.
December is going to be a busy month for Melania. On Monday, the White House announced that she will participate in the Marine Toys for Tots Toy Drive.
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