You’ve probably seen the pics by now, unless you lost your phone this week. The White House has decorated for the holidays, and just like last year, it’s more nightmarish than festive.
Melania reportedly spent months working on this year’s decorations, which she unveiled in a series of tweets earlier in the week.
Most are fairly traditional but the hallway lined with red holly trees gave everyone shades of everything from The Shining to A Handmaid’s Tale. No one on her team thought to say,
“You know, this might creep people out…”
Twitter had lots of frightening thoughts about Melania’s decorating choices. One user wrote,
“Welcome to Christmas at the House of Horrors
Only things missing are the puke green jacket, sickle and hammer wreath, elves in handmaid costumes, children in cages, the fragrance of tear gas and sound of Kid Rock’s ‘Red Neck Paradise’ blaring”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018
— Nancy Osborne (@NancyOsborne180) November 26, 2018
Melanie’s Christmas pic.twitter.com/KkAVNlU4KY
— Georgie Leitch (@Billandbecks) November 26, 2018
— Herald de Paris ⚜️ (@HeralddeParis) November 27, 2018
Melania came to install
Her Xmas trees late in the fall.
Deep crimson, like flesh
Ground coarsely & fresh,
They loom in a white, barren hall.
— Limericking (@Limericking) November 26, 2018
Bold choice going with decorations inspired by the Handmaid’s Tale. pic.twitter.com/Ze2kZX65lp
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) November 26, 2018
This year’s White House Christmas decor = Dead yip-yip aliens from Sesame Street pic.twitter.com/qOMBsLaVJW
— Hubert Vigilla (Baby Please Come Home) (@HubertVigilla) November 26, 2018
You forgot about the essence of the game. It’s about the cones. pic.twitter.com/ma6gAjC7AT
— ⒜⒭⒤⒞ (@aric) November 26, 2018
This is a Doctor Who Christmas Special villain, isn’t it? They’re animatronic muppets from a planet with a super-high Scrabble score.
They’re sentient polyester planning to set themselves on fire in solidarity with the urban-wild land fire interface.
Carry on. pic.twitter.com/NsmL0WrqdA
— CZEdwards aka Renaran Black, Mother of Exiles (@CZEdwards) November 26, 2018
— Luanne 🎄☃️🎁 (@CafeLatteLu) November 26, 2018
— xingcat (@xingcat) November 26, 2018
Welcome to Christmas at the House of Horrors
Only things missing are the puke green jacket, sickle and hammer wreath, elves in handmaid costumes, children in cages, the fragrance of tear gas and sound of Kid Rock’s “Red Neck Paradise” blaring pic.twitter.com/4FCT7AULT8
— 🌸🌺Ellie🌺🌸 (@ellievan65) November 26, 2018
— Martin McCullough (@realmartinmcc) November 27, 2018
Cannot decide which of these two epic #WhiteHouseChristmas pics is my favorite. Tweeps, let the @WhiteHouse, @PressSec @KellyannePolls and FAKE @FLOTUS know which one you like best – #TheShining or The #HandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/Oriohzx1BD
— Miss Myrtle (@MissMyrtle2) November 26, 2018
— Amy Jo Woodruff (@amyjowoodruff) November 27, 2018
(Photo, White House video screen grab; via Vox)