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Christmas at the White House Draws Attention to Patriotism

白宫圣诞节引发爱国主义

The First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas. She has also honored American design, inventions and buildings.

今年圣诞节,美国第一夫人梅拉尼娅·特朗普在白宫庆祝美国人的爱国主义。她还表彰了美国的设计、发明和建筑。

The traditional gingerbread White House sits beside the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge.

传统的姜饼白宫坐落在自由女神像和金门大桥旁边。

"It is with great joy that our family welcomes you to the White House this holiday season as we celebrate the Spirit of America," President Donald Trump and his family say in a signed book that visitors will receive: "We hope you enjoy our tribute to the traditions, customs and history that make our nation great."

“以巨大的乐趣,我们全家欢迎你到白宫,在这个假期我们庆祝美国的精神。”唐纳德·特朗普和他的家人说在总统签署了本书,游客将会收到:“我们希望你喜欢我们的传统,习俗和历史,因为这使我们国家伟大。”

White House officials showed the decorations to reporters on Monday before the president and the first lady traveled to London. Reporters also were permitted into the Naval Observatory: the official home of the U.S. Vice President in Northwest Washington D.C.

白宫官员周一在总统和第一夫人前往伦敦之前向记者展示了这些装饰品。记者也获准进入海军观察站:美国副总统在华盛顿西北部的正式住所。

Part of the White House is lined with glass panels etched with more than 60 examples of American design, innovation and architecture. They include structures like the Woolworth Building in New York City and the Space Needle in Seattle.

白宫的一部分用玻璃嵌板装饰,上面蚀刻着60多个美国设计、创新和建筑的范例。其中包括纽约市的伍尔沃斯大楼和西雅图的太空针塔。

A Christmas tree honors Gold Star families that lost a relative during military service. It stands at the beginning of the hallway while a second tree is decorated with the Trump family ornament: an American flag.

一棵圣诞树用来纪念在服兵役期间失去亲人的金星家庭。它矗立在走廊的开头,而第二棵树上装饰着特朗普家族的装饰品:美国国旗。

East Room decorations are inspired by the U.S. flag and have red and blue ribbons and golden eagles on top of the Christmas trees. In the State Dining Room, American design is highlighted.

东厅的装饰灵感来自美国国旗,圣诞树上有红蓝丝带和金雕。在国宴厅里,美式设计备受推崇。

The gingerbread White House, covered with 11 kilograms of icing and 16 kilograms of chocolate, reproduces the South Portico, including a staircase made using spaghetti.

姜饼白宫用11公斤的糖霜和16公斤的巧克力覆盖,再现了南门廊,包括一个用意大利面做成的楼梯。

The Blue Room holds a tree five meters tall brought from a farm in the state of Pennsylvania. It is decorated with flowers representing every state and U.S. territory.

蓝色房间里有一棵五米高的树,是从宾夕法尼亚州的一个农场运来的。它装饰着代表每个州和美国领土的鲜花。

Mrs. Trump continues her tradition of hanging wreaths on all 106 windows at the White House.

特朗普夫人延续了在白宫所有106扇窗户上挂花环的传统。

Late Sunday, she showed Twitter followers a short video of some of the decorations as she walked through the State Floor of the White House.

周日晚些时候,她在推特(Twitter)上向粉丝们展示了一段简短的视频,视频中她走过了白宫的国宾层。

More than 225 volunteers came from around the country to help decorate the White House during Thanksgiving weekend. Decorations in the public areas include 58 Christmas trees and more than 2,500 groups of light.

来自全国各地的225多名志愿者在感恩节周末期间帮助装饰白宫。公共区域的装饰包括58棵圣诞树和超过2500组灯光。

The Naval Observatory is home to Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. More than 40 volunteers decorated the Pence's residence using 640 meters of white lights, and seven trees from a farm in Belvidere, New Jersey.

海军天文台是副总统迈克·彭斯和他的妻子凯伦的家。40多名志愿者用640米长的白光和新泽西州贝尔维代尔农场的七棵树装饰了彭斯的住所。

Mrs. Pence said the decorations show "...the rich history of the residence and highlights the beauty of the special (house) that we are blessed to call home."

彭斯夫人说,这些装饰品“……这座宅邸丰富的历史,突出了我们有幸称之为家的特殊(房子)之美。”

I'm Jonathan Evans.

我是乔纳森·埃文斯。

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Words in This Story

innovation – n. the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods

gingerbread – n. a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger

tribute – n. honor or respect

etch – v. to produce a pattern, design, etc., by using a powerful liquid (called an acid) to cut the surface of metal or glass

ornament – n. a pretty ball hung on a Christmas tree

wreath – n. an arrangement of leaves or flowers in the shape of a circle

Christmas at the White House Draws Attention to Patriotism

The First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas. She has also honored American design, inventions and buildings.

The traditional gingerbread White House sits beside the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge.

"It is with great joy that our family welcomes you to the White House this holiday season as we celebrate the Spirit of America," President Donald Trump and his family say in a signed book that visitors will receive: "We hope you enjoy our tribute to the traditions, customs and history that make our nation great."

White House officials showed the decorations to reporters on Monday before the president and the first lady traveled to London. Reporters also were permitted into the Naval Observatory: the official home of the U.S. Vice President in Northwest Washington D.C.

Part of the White House is lined with glass panels etched with more than 60 examples of American design, innovation and architecture. They include structures like the Woolworth Building in New York City and the Space Needle in Seattle.

A Christmas tree honors Gold Star families that lost a relative during military service. It stands at the beginning of the hallway while a second tree is decorated with the Trump family ornament: an American flag.

East Room decorations are inspired by the U.S. flag and have red and blue ribbons and golden eagles on top of the Christmas trees. In the State Dining Room, American design is highlighted.

The gingerbread White House, covered with 11 kilograms of icing and 16 kilograms of chocolate, reproduces the South Portico, including a staircase made using spaghetti.

The Blue Room holds a tree five meters tall brought from a farm in the state of Pennsylvania. It is decorated with flowers representing every state and U.S. territory.

Mrs. Trump continues her tradition of hanging wreaths on all 106 windows at the White House.

Late Sunday, she showed Twitter followers a short video of some of the decorations as she walked through the State Floor of the White House.

More than 225 volunteers came from around the country to help decorate the White House during Thanksgiving weekend. Decorations in the public areas include 58 Christmas trees and more than 2,500 groups of light.

The Naval Observatory is home to Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. More than 40 volunteers decorated the Pence's residence using 640 meters of white lights, and seven trees from a farm in Belvidere, New Jersey.

Mrs. Pence said the decorations show "...the rich history of the residence and highlights the beauty of the special (house) that we are blessed to call home."

I'm Jonathan Evans.

__________________________________________

Words in This Story

innovation – n. the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods

gingerbread – n. a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger

tribute – n. honor or respect

etch – v. to produce a pattern, design, etc., by using a powerful liquid (called an acid) to cut the surface of metal or glass

ornament – n. a pretty ball hung on a Christmas tree

wreath – n. an arrangement of leaves or flowers in the shape of a circle


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