"And now, as the president of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very merry Christmas".
There are obvious comparisons between the Obama's official Christmas cards and the Trumps' first Christmas card.
Co-hosts Dean Cain and Kathie Lee Gifford were with the president and first lady Melania Trump as the switch lit up the Christmas tree, adorned in blue and yellow lights.
The White House Christmas Party kicks off at 2 p.m. Friday. The first lady unveiled the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday, while welcoming children of military families to the residence.
"I told you about Christmas".
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Now President Trump has vowed to take on the so-called war on Christmas.
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Among the Christmas, standards are an 18-by-6-foot (5.5-by-1.8-meter) Balsam fir from Wisconsin in the traditional spot in the Blue Room, decorated with ornaments bearing the seals of every state and US territory.
Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs Trump's window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end.
The holiday celebrating begins later Monday with a party for the volunteer decorators and will continue well into December with receptions and parties - sometimes two a day - for the next several weeks.
The White House says 25,000 visitors are expected to take special Christmas tours of the building during the holidays.
This is the 95th ceremony of ignition of lights, writes The Washington Post.
One Twitter user pointed out that the dimly lit hallway lined with dead branches painted white looks like the ideal spot to tape a "Stranger Things" scene.