Photo: First Lady Melania Trump descends the steps of the White House to prepare for Christmas 2020: America the Beautiful.
The Trumps and the White House staff prepare for Christmas 2020: America the Beautiful...traditional style. The song, "America the Beautiful" is traditionally played during July 4th celebrations and other patriotic holidays. The history behind the song isn't remarkable, it's more of a revelation.
Dating back to the late 1800's, a professor, Katherine Lee Bates, and a group of fellow educators set out to tour the United States. Part of the plan was to leave on the lecture trip by covered wagon and explore Colorado's Pike's Peek. Bates was an English Professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a pioneer for women's issues. As the story is told, when they were nearing the top of the mountain, the group left the wagons and continued on mules. Bates, though tired, was determined to reach the top. After topping the mountain, the view of America was spectacular. Upon returning to her hotel, Bates was so inspired that she wrote the poem which was eventually set to music.
Though Melania Trump isn't what one might call a 'traditional' first lady, she pulled out all the stops this year with traditional green trees decorated in red, gold, and silver illuminated by white lights.
Tweet: Melanie Trump tweeted in her twitter account Monday about this year's Christmas decorations with a one-minute video. Absolutely beautiful.
Though the stage is set to be the last Christmas at the White House for the Trumps, First Lady Melania has added the sparkle to the holiday that many Americans need and want. Along with well-;laced decorations of planes, trains, and automobiles a tribute was paid to front-line workers with ornamental snow-capped hospitals, medical lab coats, nurse's hats, and other essential worker's representations.
As COVID-19 continues to paralyze the United States and countries around the globe, we need to address and remember the meaning behind Christmas. It's a time for celebration. A time to remember Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. A time to remember the many blessings. A time to hold loved ones close.
Taking a step back to the height of the campaign, the RNC 2020, and Melanie's speech during the convention, we're reminded of the grace and poise shown by the First Lady. During that night, she captured the essence of the Trump presidency and presented 'the softer side'.
The White House is magnificently decorated this Christmas and represents the best of America. The country appreciates Melania Trump and her many contributions.