My apologies for not including photos in this essay, but I don’t know who owns photographs of the White House Christmas decorations, and, given the litigation-happy nature of this administration, I’d really prefer not to invite Rudy Giuliani’s wrath (or even his presence).

That’s right, children, gather ‘round, for the annual unveiling of the White House holiday decorations, for First Lady/Krampus Melania Knauss’s last “fucking Christmas*” in the White House!

For the past 400 years (it feels like that, anyway), the First Lady of the United States (and possibly undercover Krampus) Melania Trump has insisted on decorating the White House. And, like her, the results have been austere, stark, off-putting, and a little horrifying. One recalls the Tolkien line, “great and terrible to behold.”

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