Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations include hallway with ‘super creepy funeral’ vibe
The First Lady triumphed with the traditional decorations but went a bit “Tim Burton” with a hallway lined with dead sticks.
A tree-lined walkway leading to a beautifully decorated tree might sound like a good festive addition to the White House this Christmas.
But Melania Trump’s vision didn’t quite capture the traditional holiday spirit she was hoping for, according to Twitter.
A picture shared by her director of communications was mocked for being more Halloween than Christmas and looking like “a super creepy funeral”.
The twiggy addition was likened to the Upside Down of Stranger Things, and the stick labyrinth from the end of True Detective.
Why do the White House Christmas decorations look like the stick labyrinth at the end of Season 1 of True Detective pic.twitter.com/jl0mHJjgRb— Tatered (@tatered) November 27, 2017
These White House decorations look like a Slender Man murder scene. Pity the fool that walks down that hallway pic.twitter.com/TtBqJd99Ma— Jerome Coleman (@wjeromecoleman) November 27, 2017
On Twitter, Goth Melania and director Tim Burton all received a nod for the inspiration of the anti-Christmas scene.
The twigs were ripe for a game of hide-and-seek with Pennywise and the twins from The Shining.
White House Christmas decorations looking good. pic.twitter.com/OXVZ3FX6QE— Matt Ghoulberg (@MattGoldberg) November 27, 2017
Come and play with us, Barron— ZANTrav is dead (on the inside) (@ZANTrav) November 27, 2017
And ever pic.twitter.com/G2ld524ZKU
“This is like the last walk of the condemned,” wrote Twitter user @soapachu.
Christ. This is like the last walk of the condemned. https://t.co/LhVV1HN0HC— 👻🕷️🎃 spookachu (@soapachu) November 28, 2017
Author Joanne Harris noted the “Freudian symbolism” in the decor, calling it “so bleak, so sad.”
Note the Freudian symbolism of Mrs Trump's Christmas decor:— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) November 28, 2017
The leafless trees, so bleak, so sad
The virgin snow, so very cold
The twinkle of the fairy lights, right at the end of the tunnel, promising so cruelly, but never *quite* delivering... https://t.co/AdKJdSttWd
Other people were drawing their own analogies about the use of the twigs to deliver a message of Christmas cheer.
Google image search believes this pic of the Trump White House Christmas decor is...— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) November 28, 2017
A) a dilapidated warehouse
B) National Pantheon of Kazakhstan
C) 90 tons of waste for an architecture exhibit in Vienna
D) All of the above 👈
Your tax dollars at work, folks. Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/MMmde3SCxx
I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for whomever died. Props for the super creepy funeral tho— Greg Cope White (@eatgregeat) November 27, 2017
What in the name of...?!— Mouth of Sauron (@simon_lindsell) November 27, 2017
I'm waiting for Angus Scrimm's Tall Man to lurch out of the shadows, bellowing "BOY!!!" and sending silver spheres down the hall.
In Trump’s defence, she was also getting a lot of love for the overall decorations which mark her family’s first Christmas in the White House.
Also included this year are wreaths hanging from the exterior of every window and the First Family’s own Christmas decoration.
Elsewhere there’s an 18ft (5.5m) fir tree in the Blue Room, and a 350lb (159kg) gingerbread White House which carries the sign “Do not eat”.
Even the twigs don’t look that bad in daylight.