First lady Melania Trump with her son Barron Trump, right, greet the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens, who presented them the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo)
While the Trumps are away, a small army of volunteers, decorators and florists from around the country will descend on the White House on Friday and spend the holiday weekend transforming every inch of the 132-room mansion for Christmas, complete with a tree in every public room.
The White House food kitchen and pastry kitchen will go into overdrive preparing all of the food and cakes, cookies and pies that are typically served at the parties, along with the gingerbread White House — which is on display for weeks and never served. Cookies in the image of former President Barack Obama's dogs Bo and Sunny were always among the first items to be slipped into purses for the trip home. Trump does not have a pet.
The first lady tweeted last week, after she returned from accompanying the president to Japan, South Korea and China, that the souvenir Christmas booklet for tourists and party guests is being printed. The tweet included a photo of what appeared to be pages of the booklet strewn about a desk.
"Excited to receive the beautiful tree Monday!" she said.