It’s still a month until Christmas, but at the Trump White House, it’s never too early to start inducing flashbacks to phantasmal nightmares from our shared cultural memory.
But in the very next scene, Trump walks through the crimson forest in a dark overcoat, unfortunately recalling Aunt Lydia’s inspection of red-robed slaves in the dystopian TV show, “A Handmaid’s Tale.”
Melania's 2018 White House holiday decor includes blood-red trees and a 'Be Best' pencil wreath https://t.co/EHszB80ki5 pic.twitter.com/evzrLo6jru— Curated Stories (@TechCurated) November 26, 2018
Someone did this to Melania Trump’s creepy Christmas trees, and it’s all I’ve ever wanted today. pic.twitter.com/MwigcZxswR— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) November 26, 2018
And that was hardly the only horror trope that Twitter would project upon the 2018 White House Christmas.
A live took at White House being decorated for Christmas. pic.twitter.com/4TvBomgx3l— 🎅's Hoe Hoe Hoe Morgan. (@mport56) November 26, 2018
The Red Wedding massacre from “Game of Thrones” was certainly mentioned several times, as was the surrealist nightmare at the end of “Twin Peaks.”
I kinda like the White Houses holiday decor. pic.twitter.com/bKWdMYfv6s— Amy New (@AmyNewBlue) November 26, 2018
Personally, we see a resemblance between Trump’s final scene in the video — if reversed and sped up just so — and the well scene in “The Ring.”
More classically minded critics compared the East Colonnade decorations to Dante’s “Inferno.”
I give Melania credit: No other First Lady ever made the White House Christmas look so much like the Circles of Hell. pic.twitter.com/VHfbmgUr6d— Abaddon (@BacchusFan) November 26, 2018
Or as Elle put it: “Little Red Riding Hood told from the wolf’s point-of-view.”
And Karen Beninato was inspired to write her own dark little poem:
Nestled beneath the trees are the boxes of thistles, and stockings stuffed with existential pain. #VeryScaryWhiteHouse— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) November 26, 2018
Moving into nonfiction horror, The Washington Post’s Rick Noack reports that there’s a real “red forest” around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. That one was caused by lethal radioactivity, rather than festive berries.
Red is also the color of Danish Christmas trees infected by a mysterious disease, Noack writes.
If this imagery has failed to put you in the holiday mood, take heart that the White House holiday display includes many rooms and decorations that do not resemble blood-tipped teeth.
Like this cheery wreath made out of “Be Best” pencils:
Oops. That was the Great Pit of Carkoon from Star Wars. Here’s the wreath:
More Christmas stories to chill the bone:
Melania Trump didn’t show up to explain her spooky Christmas decorations. So what about those red trees?