It was on this day in 2018 that we caught what we believed was the Washington Post’s fourth piece on Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations. Actually, it wasn’t all the decorations — everyone zeroed in on one hallway that had red trees. The Post wrote that the “spooky” trees induced “flashbacks to phantasmal nightmares from our shared cultural memory.” The Post also described it as “Melania Trump’s nightmare forest.” They’d also done a piece on how outside the U.S., the color red has been associated with sick Christmas trees.
And it wasn’t just WaPo: Slate asked what message the first lady was sending with her “red Christmas trees of death.” Journo Emily Singer said the decorations looked like they were “straight out of ‘The Shining.'” Keep in mind, these were the same people who saw Melania’s “neo-fascist” Rose Garden redesign and saw swastikas and the letters “KKK” in the shrubbery.
Now it’s our turn to see what Dr. Jill Biden has been up to:
Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity. pic.twitter.com/fsaYFthIqH
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 29, 2021
Jill Biden commissioned these Christmas decorations for the East Room entrance of the White House. Looks pretty damn bad. Bring Melania back! pic.twitter.com/azm6ONFTjz
— Suburban Black Man 🇺🇸 (@goodblackdude) November 29, 2021
Looks like stuff piled up outside Home Depot!
— Carole Rogers (@R76873058Carole) November 29, 2021
She must have spent several minutes thinking this up!
— RustyBucket (@DammitIggy) November 29, 2021
Just waiting for the Toys R' Us giraffe to come through those doors.
— The MB Files 🇺🇸 (@bobosdad) November 29, 2021
Looks like decorations for your local JC Penney.
— Tea Party Barbie (@laurahollis61) November 29, 2021
Looks Like nursing home decorations! Well wait…..
— lance love (@fireinvest9) November 29, 2021
Looks like the after Christmas sale or returns in back room at Macy’s. Or any bad mall circa 1980s. All are bad. #bringbackMelania
— Bryna (@templegirl96) November 29, 2021
What in the sam hill is this crap?
— Brook Foster (@sthrnbelle82) November 29, 2021
Don’t worry. It’ll be on the cover of Vogue, Time and USA Today as awesome 😐
— Consider This (@ConsiderThis19) November 29, 2021
That is hideous. Some of the other photos where they used white lights on greenery are nice but, this particular display is awful. Yes, Melania has a designer's eye for beauty and it would be awesome to have her do the designs again.
— Not Anti-Vax, Anti Mandate. #NoVaxPassports (@PoliGrrl) November 29, 2021
Looks like something from a Macy's window
— Susie Shamrock (@susie_shamrock) November 29, 2021
😳 the only thing I can say is it looks like a red wave.
— Hopper (@sofshoe) November 29, 2021
😂😂 just like the cardboard decorations on the front lawn😂😂
— cj (@cj72245288) November 29, 2021
As an interior designer….My personal opinion is that anyone that has any kind of taste would and could do much better than this.
— Debra Hosler (@designerdeb1990) November 29, 2021
As not an interior designer … I have eyes and glasses and I see that this is pure crap! 🤨
— EMW🇺🇸🇵🇱 (@emiliaLoves45) November 29, 2021
Looks like a gameshow set.
— Your Fortified Name Here (@TheExecCourier) November 29, 2021
That looks awful.
— KatinTexas (@TexasProud19) November 29, 2021
Red scarf was used for inspiration. pic.twitter.com/1TSwcR07Cp
— LibertyFreedomAmericanWay (@love_liberty100) November 29, 2021
Looks like a kindergarten.
— Cheryl Kane (@cherylkanere) November 29, 2021
Just wow! I’ve seen better backdrops at kindergarten Christmas recitals.
— HadEnough (@HadEnoughCA1) November 29, 2021
— Hapa (@amerasianbrat) November 29, 2021
That crap is there to remind us what we won’t be able to afford this year due to skyrocketed inflation
— Kathleen 🇺🇸 (@CrabbyOldBag) November 29, 2021
It's a statement: big pretty gifts filled with nothing but disappointment and sadness, just like this administration and its rule. I think it's quite fitting 🤷🏾♀️
— Allia22 (@Allia22222) November 29, 2021
It's what I expected when you consider her Valentines Day decorations. pic.twitter.com/YPDJrWJQP1
— Krickett B (@Krickett1972) November 29, 2021
That were behind a fence.
Looks like Nightmare before Christmas. Hopefully she will pack away her curtain dress covered with lemons until next summer. pic.twitter.com/MRScMcB8uh
— IONO (@TimeForChores) November 29, 2021
Maybe she had a group of kids come over and do it. No adult put that together.
— Alan Bryan (@AlanBryan7) November 29, 2021
Probably another stage set
— ImprisonFauci (@asylum_basement) November 29, 2021
Is the milk crate challenge still a thing?
— Francisco Acosta (@yoremejax) November 29, 2021
Is this Macy’s or the White House?
— Lisa Ann (@lisa_roatch) November 29, 2021
As someone mentioned above, this will be on the cover of Vogue along with an interview with the doctor herself.
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Since we started this post, the Washington Post has weighed in:
Jill Biden’s first foray into holiday decorating at the White House was not glitzy or opulent, but rather an enhanced version of how many American families decorate their own homes, with lots of candles and twinkling lights. https://t.co/LAMj1k6DGg
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 29, 2021
Biden has been working on the decorations since late May and is a big fan of color.
Anyone who ever criticized Melania’s Christmas decorations needs to apologize right now pic.twitter.com/IwGjgYVqXo
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 29, 2021
Seriously; what is this?
Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees trigger WaPo, inducing ‘flashbacks to phantasmal nightmares’ https://t.co/ujgCzZYIga
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 27, 2018
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