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Twitter Users Blast Melania Trump For Christmas Decor (Photos)

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The White House unveiled first lady Melania Trump's holiday decorations, but as with many of her moves, some folks are making fun of her selection for the decor.

The "Time-Honored Traditions" theme, which a White House press release said pays "respect to 200 years of holiday traditions" at the presidential home, features the usual giant Christmas tree and other festive touches.

But what caught social media users' eyes was a starkly lit, shadowy photo of a hallway lined with white skeletal trees, which many folks said was a touch too spooky and sinister for the upcoming winter festivities.

"Are Christmas decorations supposed to give you creeping anxiety and a feeling of lingering dread?" one person tweeted in response to the photo posted by Press Secretary and Deputy Communications Director Stephanie Grisham.

Somebody responded that "this whole administration" gives them those feelings, and another joked that the first lady's "feelings of gloom [and] doom" from being married to President Donald Trump are seeping out.

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Others compared the look to "The Shining," "Nightmare Before Christmas," "The Blair Witch Project," the "upside-down" from "Stranger Things" and Krampusnacht.

"Glad she's understood the aesthetic of the long national nightmare we're in," one person said, while another called "that long, foreboding tunnel of darkness swallowing us up" a metaphor for the political climate.

Some compared it to the warmer, more traditional red, white and green accents seen in the years when former President Barack Obama lived there.

Of course, a number of folks found the understated winter decor beautiful.

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"Looks great," one person wrote. "Can't [wait] to see more!"

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The decor is intended to be classic, with nods to the White House's first "Nutcracker"-themed Christmas in 1961, as well as warm and welcoming, according to the press release.

"The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House," Melania said in the White House 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. On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season."

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Other rooms feature military tributes such as the Gold Star Family Tree, which is decorated with the title gold stars, as well as patriotic ribbon. There is also a gingerbread house, candy, and arts and crafts for the more than 25,000 visitors expected to pass through during the holiday season.

Sources: Stephanie Grisham/Twitter, White House / Featured Image: The White House via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Stephanie Grisham/Twitter (2), Twitter (2)

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