See President Donald Trump's official White House Christmas photo

See President Donald Trump's official White House Christmas photo

Melania stole the show in the White House Christmas photo, wearing a sleeveless black t-length dress that featured cascading bead-work, created specifically for the First Lady by Delpozo's creative director Josep Font and styled by Hervé Pierre. Her favorable rating has risen to 54 percent, up 17 percentage points since January.

Simply put, more than half the country sees Mrs. Trump in a positive light and her husband in a negative one. "The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House", she said.

Now just a third of Americans, 33 percent, say they have an unfavorable view of the first lady, while 13 percent of Americans say they had no opinion.

Melania's favorability rating is now higher than her husband's 41 percent favorability which, according to Gallup, is consistent with "findings that recent first ladies are, on average, more popular than their husbands". A Gallup spokeswoman told Newsweek that Trump's current approval ratings, now in the mid-30s, are the lowest among the modern presidents, including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and Obama, in the first year of a first term.

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"Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump", she wrote on Twitter for their "official 2017 Christmas portrait" as the smiling couple posed for a joyful picture while holding hands.

Prior to unveiling the photo, the White House debuted a video of Melania getting the property ready for the holidays, decorating the trees, preparing wreaths, and supervising the baking of cookies.

But America isn't fully convinced. The theme of this year's decorations is "Time-Honored Traditions".

Is Melania channelling her inner Donald, with her flippy fringe?

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