Melania Trump’s Christmas Decorations Mocked Online as ‘Blood Trees’ From ‘The Shining’

First lady Melania Trump on Monday unveiled an “American Treasures” White House Christmas theme with a hall full of red holiday trees standing for bravery and valor, but all critics on social media could see was a scene out of the 1980 horror movie The Shining.

In a scene from the film about a man who takes care of a haunted hotel in the winter, the halls fill with blood.

Twitter users were quick to juxtapose a clip of Trump walking through a hall in the White House with red trees she designed, to that scene.

“Melania's Christmas decorations look like they're straight out of the Shining,” a reporter tweeted along with some images.

“The new White House Christmas decorations video is here, and this time Melania’s installed a whole hallway full of…(checks notes)…blood trees,” a film critic tweeted.

Another Twitter user tweeted a photo likening the red topiary trees in the White House to the uniforms that enslaved child bearers donned in the totalitarian society in the web television series The Handmaid’s Tale.

The White House, in its press release on Trump’s decorations, had a very different description.

“More than 40 topiary trees line the East colonnade as guests make their way toward the East Garden Room, where the First Family Christmas card and ornament are on display,” the release states.

For Trump, the red colors she picked did not symbolize blood or anything horrific.

“Crossing in to the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, patriotism, the heart of America, takes center stage with more than 14,000 red ornaments hanging from 29 trees. The choice of red is an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers,” the release states. “It’s a symbol of valor and bravery.”

Trump said in a statement: “This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season. Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people.  Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer. On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

The first lady’s Christmas decorations last year also drew criticism. She chose white, branchy trees that also led to memes of The Shining.

Her decorations this year include ornaments of her “Be Best” campaign aimed at helping children and fighting cyberbullying.

The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Newsweek late last month that Trump “has been working on Christmas plans for the White House since June.”

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