In 2017, the Trumps' first Christmas in the White House, her spindly, white trees with lights casting spooky shadows were also the subject of "Shining" memes. "And you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the people's house", Melania Trump said.
Trump then joined conservative television personality Eric Bolling for a panel discussion and took a few questions from the audience.
"We are in [the] 21st century and everybody has a different taste".
For a moment, it appeared the first lady had channeled husband President Donald Trump's approach to social media.
The opulent decorations were hammered as ridiculous and a waste of money, and many said the red trees were reminiscent of bloodshed, particularly in the wake of Border Patrol agents using tear gas to disperse a group of 500 adults and children at the US-Mexico border on Sunday.
She also invited the crowd to come and view the trees for themselves.
"I think they look fantastic", Trump said.
This year's theme, "American Treasures", honors the unique heritage of America and features elements echoing back to American history and all 50 states.
The ceremony was held on the Ellipse outside the White House on Wednesday, the grounds sporting their best holiday décor as hundreds gathered for the annual event.
One Liberty student, Christian, asked what the first lady's advice would be to other mothers about opioid and drug abuse.
Her statement can be heard in a video obtained by Reuters and recorded during her appearance as part of her anti-opioid addiction and cyberbullying initiative Be Best initiative.