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red treesIt is time for the annual White House Christmas decorations, an event I would so love to see as simple fun, as a call to delight in the people’s house all dressed in her finery, to “ooh” and “ahh” because it is all so elegant and pretty. But of course this is 2018, simplicity is out, and hatin’ on everything seems to be in vogue.

Last year Mediated Reality went on the attack against the First Lady and actually accused her of reenacting the stage set of “The Shining” and nailing a badger above the mantel. A bit humorous, but that sounds much like something I would do, badger and all, so rather than convincing me Melania is a dreadful person who has no taste, I think I just fell in love with her all the more.

This year is no different and Mediated Reality is at it again, mocking her blood red trees. Yahoo, “the blood of her victims,” WAPO, “she refused to show up and explain her spooky decorations,” and USA Today, “they’re crying the Handmaids Tale. “ Puhlease people. You cannot tell me there is not something seriously wrong with our media.

Sometimes a tree is simply a tree, the cranberry at Christmas symbolic of American valor, the color of joy, and the blood of Christ. Regardless, red is often seen at Christmastime and nobody has fainted yet. Alas, twitter is all afire, and the conspiracies run the gamut.

I think her trees are just beautiful and they made me think of triumph in the midst of tragedy, of the strength of the human spirit, even of how casually we toss about accusations of fascism today, and try to label everyone who disagrees with us “Nazi’s” or “Hitler,” as if we no longer really understand the horrors of the Holocaust. Those words fly so fast and so casually across the internet, now losing all meaning.

Never forget.

I don’t wish to engage in any conspiracy theories, but my thoughts went immediately to another tale of red trees, this powerful and cinematic movie called “The Red Trees.” “Filmmaker Marina Willer traces the journey of her father’s family, survivors of the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II.” It’s available on Netflix. I’ll leave you a clip.