First Lady Melania Trump kicked off the holiday season in the nation’s capital by welcoming the official White House Christmas Tree on Monday.
For the welcoming, Melania donned a floral coat by Dolce & Gabbana. From the FW17 collection, the kimono-inspired jacquard coat features black and multicolored stretch cotton-silk blend with red and white rose print brocade, a classic collar, a concealed front fastening, front pockets and an oversized fit. It retailed for $3,995, but unfortunately it is sold out.
She paired the rose-floral printed coat with an all-black look consisting of black skinny jeans, a black sweater and black suede over-the-knee boots from Christian Louboutin. The Tourney Suede boots retailed for $1,695, but unfortunately they are also sold out.
The first lady, escorted by military aides, welcomed the horse and buggy at the White House’s entrance. Members of the U.S. Marine Band played “O Christmas Tree” as a pair of horses named Cash and Ben trotted up the White House driveway pulling a green carriage that carried an 18 ½-foot (5.49 meter) Douglas fir.
Special delivery! The @WhiteHouse is excited to welcome its #ChristmasTree for 2019. This beautiful tree was grown by the Snyder family from Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pitman, PA. We are excited to display this tree in the Blue Room of the People’s House! pic.twitter.com/gwVW9ijYF9— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 25, 2019
Delivered three days before Thanksgiving, the fir was harvested from Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pitman, Pennsylvania. Larry Snyder, the owner, presented the centerpiece after winning an annual contest held by the National Christmas Tree Association. The contest has been held since 1966.
She briefly inspected the tree before stopping to pose with the farmer that donated it.
The 18-and-a-half foot tall Douglas fir will be the centerpiece of the White House Blue Room.
The tree’s delivery marks the start of a flurry of holiday season activity at the White House.
Christmas planning starts several months out. In late July, Mrs. Trump tweeted photos of herself in the Map Room looking over a table covered with fabric swatches, floral samples and Christmas photos.
There will be dozens of holiday receptions – for White House staff, members of the military, lawmakers and others – over the next month.
“The President and First Lady host dozens of events over the holiday season to include the delivery of the Christmas tree, Thanksgiving turkey pardon, special holiday tours for the public, and many holiday parties for military families, children, friends, White House staff, and the United States Secret Service,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. “I don’t want to get ahead of the First Lady’s décor for this year, but I can tell you that as always, Mrs. Trump put the guest experience first and applied that to every detail of planning. It is her intention that people get a sense of warmth, family, nostalgia, and the important meaning of Christmas as they walk the halls of the people’s house.”
Last year’s theme was ‘American Treasures’ that included patriotic tones in the color scheme, along with nods to the first family’s various interests: the president’s love of buildings, the first lady’s ‘Be Best’ campaign and Barron Trump’s love of soccer.
After welcoming the tree, Melania joined President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence as they posed for photos with U.S. Army dog Conan, a Belgian Malinois who sustained “serious” injuries in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The K-9 hero dog was recognized for his part in the mission.
Conan was flown in from the Middle East for the appearance. He remains on active military duty and will be returning to the Middle East, where U.S. forces are still hunting ISIS fighters.
On Thursday, the President will carry out the tradition of pardoning a turkey before he flies to Florida to spend the holiday with his family at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
This year, the two birds up for pardon are named Bread (45-pound gobbler) and Butter (47-pound gobbler). The White House tweeted out a poll asking followers to vote on which of two turkeys should be pardoned.
While this eye-catching floral coat is available to purchase, below are similar floral inspired coats one can purchase to mimic the First Lady’s look this Holiday Season!