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Melania Wants Us All to “Be Best” This Holiday Season, But I Really Don’t Care. Do You?

Social media comes for the white house's gloomy post-apocalyptic Christmas decorations.
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The holiday season is in full swing, which means Melania Trump is back with another soulless interpretation of holiday decorations. I mean, I say Melania, but let’s be real: it takes a village of Krampus elves to put this monstrosity together every year.

In a White House devoid of warmth and love, it’s hardly a surprise that this administration’s decorations feel a little less spirited and a little more haunted by ghosts of Christmas past. Last year gave us the stark white zombie twigs and shadows that one would expect to see when Jadis the White Witch deports you from Narnia.

This year, Melania and her team are back, with a hallway of blood red trees, a wreath made out of “Be Best” pencils, and copious “Be Best” ornaments. The White House has also released a video of “American Treasures: Christmas at the White House”, which features a solo Melania wandering around the White House, staring at decorations, and quietly enjoying what seems to be a very glamorous existential crisis.

Why is she all alone? Is this video a subtle cry for help? Could they not get a single shot of Melania even pretending to hang an ornament? Jesus H. Christ guys, she doesn’t even wish anyone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holidays. The end of the video is just her back as she walks away. Is this Melania being her best? Also, I shudder to think what happened to the White House menorah.

Melania didn’t even show up to explain her decor theme, as is traditional for first ladies. In contrast, here is Michelle Obama walking us through her 2016 White House:

Meanwhile, social media had plenty to say about Melania’s holiday aesthetic:

Once again, it’s striking how bad this all is. Like, Melania has one job, a team of people to assist her, and an unlimited budget, and this is the very be best she could do? Looks like someone needs to sit down and take some advice from her own pencil wreath. Happy holidays to everyone but this cursed administration.

(image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.