US first lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump arrive to receive a Christmas tree during an event at the White House November 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)
During last year's presidential campaign, Trump railed against the preference for saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," characterizing it as a "chipping away at Christianity."
"And we're not going to let that happen anymore, folks. I'll tell you," the then-candidate said at a March 2016 news conference in Florida. "A lot of times I'll say at the rallies around Christmastime we're going to start saying Merry Christmas again. You know, they don't say it anymore. The department stores don't put it up. We're going to start saying it again."
Invitations to dozens of holiday parties are going out. The subject line of one emailed invite references a White House "Christmas reception," while the language of the invitation itself refers to a "holiday reception."
The tree usually arrives the day after Thanksgiving, but was delivered early this year to accommodate the Trumps, who are spending the holiday at their estate in Palm Beach, Florida.