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Laura Bush enjoys a tour of the White House Christmas decorations with family

Laura Bush and a dozen family members were given a special tour of the White House to see the dazzling holiday decorations, thanks to an invitation from Melania Trump. 

The former first lady, 72, shared snapshots of the tour on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon hailing the trip a ‘sweet visit during this somber week’. 

She added: ‘Thanks to Mrs. Trump for inviting our family to the White House to see the Christmas decorations and our old friends, the residence staff.’

She shared a picture smiling with a dozen of family and friends in front of the official White House portrait of George H. W. Bush. 

Laura Bush, 72, and her family enjoyed a special tour of the White House Christmas decorations on Tuesday afternoon. 1. Neil Bush’s stepson Alexander Andrews 2. Sam LeBlond 3. Maria Bush 4. Ellie LeBlond  5. Robert Koch 6. Doro Bush Koch 7. Laura Bush 8. Georgia H.W. Bush 9. Vivian Alexandra Columba 10. Craig Louis Coyne 11. Jeb Bush Jr’s wife Sandra Mary Algudady 12. Margaret Conway Molster 13. Ellie LeBlond’s boyfriend 14. Ashley Bush 15. Charles Walker Bush 16. Gigi Koch 17. Pierce Bush 18. Pierce’s wife Sarabeth Bush

Bush said the tour was a 'sweet visit during this somber week' and shared this picture smiling with her 'old friends' on the residence staff

Bush said the tour was a ‘sweet visit during this somber week’ and shared this picture smiling with her ‘old friends’ on the residence staff

Trump announced the invitation on Twitter on Tuesday morning saying the Bush family would be given a tour by Melania

Trump announced the invitation on Twitter on Tuesday morning saying the Bush family would be given a tour by Melania

Barbara Bush and twin sister Jenna Bush Hager missed the tour with their mother but film for the Today show with Savannah Guthrie

Barbara Bush and twin sister Jenna Bush Hager missed the tour with their mother but film for the Today show with Savannah Guthrie

Laura Bush’s visit was announced by President Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday morning. 

‘Looking forward to being with the wonderful Bush family at Blair House today. The former First Lady will be coming over to the White House this morning to be given a tour of the Christmas decorations by Melania. The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!’ he wrote. 

Bush’s sister-in-law Doro Bush and her four children Sam LeBlond, Ellie LeBlond, Robert Koch and Gigi Koch joined the tour as well as several of Bush Sr.’s other grandchildren. 

The former first lady also shared a picture smiling with White House staff members she warmly called ‘old friends’. 

Melania Trump invited the Bush family to take a tour of the special Christmas decorations she designed in the White House, Melania pictured above at the decoration unveiling last week 

Melania Trump invited the Bush family to take a tour of the special Christmas decorations she designed in the White House, Melania pictured above at the decoration unveiling last week 

Bush thanked Melania on Instagram writing: 'Thanks to Mrs. Trump for inviting our family to the White House to see the Christmas decorations and our old friends, the residence staff'

Bush thanked Melania on Instagram writing: ‘Thanks to Mrs. Trump for inviting our family to the White House to see the Christmas decorations and our old friends, the residence staff’

The Bush family likely stopped to admire the official White House Christmas tree which stands at just under 20 feet tall and is decorated with 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon that's embroidered with gold naming each state and territory

The Bush family likely stopped to admire the official White House Christmas tree which stands at just under 20 feet tall and is decorated with 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon that’s embroidered with gold naming each state and territory

The White House visit was a change of pace for the Bush family that has gathered in Washington D.C. to mourn the loss of former President George H. W. Bush, whose body is lying in state at the Capitol rotunda ahead of a funeral scheduled for Wednesday at the National Cathedral. 

Melania Trump unveiled the White House decorations last week. She decked out the East Wing with red, white and blue decorations with the theme ‘American Treasures’.    

The Bush family likely stopped to admire the official White House Christmas tree which stands at just under 20 feet tall and is decorated with 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon that’s embroidered with gold naming each state and territory. 

Then they probably walked the hall of crimson topiary trees in the east colonnade and perused gingerbread replicas of the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and White House in the State Dining Room.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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