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Spare me your mocking memes. Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees are perfect

This year’s White House Christmas decorations are nothing if not bold. Most striking are the 40 crimson trees lining the East Colonnade, all giving the effect of a spectacular and fiery - if unconventional - forest walk.

The colour pops again in thousands of baubles, cranberries and branches threaded through the display, all overseen by Melania Trump, the first lady. Not only does it evoke the magic and mystery prevalent in so much popular culture these days but it comes freighted with presidential meaning.

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