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Melania Trump inaugurates White House Christmas decorating

Washington / First lady Melania Trump inaugurated the decorating of the White House for the first Christmas since she and her husband, President Donald Trump, moved into the presidential residence last January.

“The president, (our son) Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” the first lady said in a statement.

“As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us. I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays,” she added.

The former Slovenian model toured each of the decorated rooms and wished the public a Merry Christmas in the name of her husband and family, including Barron, who had received with her the official White House Christmas tree that now stands in the Blue Room of the presidential residence.

Under the name of “Time-honored Traditions“, the first decoration of the Trump family stands out for a tribute to the Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his “Nutcracker”, which recalls the first thematic ornamentation of the White House, the chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961.

The Red Room tree is festooned with cookie ornaments and surrounded by peppermint candies, and in keeping with former first lady Nancy Reagan’s favorite holiday decoration, two cranberry trees are mounted on tables there.

The White House Green Room contains crafts, paper and classic design, and the mansion’s Library features President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1866 edition of “A Christmas Carol.”

Tribute is paid to so-called “Gold Star families” who have lost a loved one serving with the military in combat, and the first Christmas card send by a US president – signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 – is displayed along with that of Trump and earlier cards from the Obamas, among others.

In addition, a reproduction of the South facade of the White House in miniature, made from 136 kilograms of ginger and other ingredients, is responsible for presiding over the State Dining Hall.

While that reproduction of the residence is not edible, yes they are the more than 60,000 cookies and other sweets made by 36 chefs and confectioners, among which are 4,000 cookies that reproduce the shield or star of the first lady.

On Thursday, President Trump will preside at the traditional lighting of the huge Christmas tree to be installed on the National Mall in Washington. (November 28, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que…
A
Melania Trump está empezando a poner la decoración navideña en la Casa Blanca.
B
Melania Trump todavía no ha terminado de decorar la Casa Blanca para Navidad.
C
la primera dama de EE.UU. presentó la decoración de Navidad de la Casa Blanca.
Question 2
Según Melania, ¿cómo se siente la familia Trump?
A
Apáticos por celebrar la Navidad en la Casa Blanca.
B
Muy contentos por celebrar sus primeras Navidades en la Casa Blanca.
C
Un poco contentos por celebrar estas Navidades en la Casa Blanca.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que…
A
solo las personas que trabajan en la Casa Blanca pueden ver esa decoración navideña.
B
se podrá ver la decoración de Navidad de la Casa Blanca.
C
solo la familia Trump podrá ver la decoración navideña que hay en la Casa Blanca.
Question 4
Los visitantes podrán ver objetos relacionados con los anteriores presidentes del país.
A
No se sabe.
B
Es mentira.
C
Es verdad.
Question 5
Según el texto…
A
cada dos años se adorna la Casa Blanca para celebrar la Navidad.
B
este es el primer año que se adorna la Casa Blanca para celebrar la Navidad.
C
es una tradición que cada año se adorne la Casa Blanca para celebrar la Navidad.
Question 6
En el texto se dice que…
A
el presidente saliente de EE.UU. va a encender el árbol de Navidad.
B
el actual presidente de EE.UU. estará presente cuando se encienda el árbol de Navidad.
C
la primera dama será la encargada de encender este año el árbol de Navidad.
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En el vídeo se ve…
A
a Donald Trump y a Melania.
B
a Donald Trump.
C
a Melania Trump.
Question 2
Melania Trump…
A
está en la calle.
B
está fuera de la Casa Blanca.
C
está dentro de la Casa Blanca.
Question 3
En el vídeo, Melania Trump viste…
A
un jersey y unos pantalones.
B
un vestido.
C
una blusa y una falda.
Question 4
Melania Trump pone…
A
un lazo rojo en un adorno de Navidad.
B
un lazo verde en un adorno de Navidad.
C
un lazo azul en un adorno de Navidad.
Question 5
Los árboles de Navidad no tienen luces.
A
Verdadero.
B
Falso.
C
No se sabe.
Question 6
Melania Trump habla con los cocineros de la Casa Blanca.
A
Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
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