Trumps, Pences release their official Christmas portraits

In both photos, the couples are surrounded by Christmas trees and garlands.

— -- With ten days left until Christmas, the Trumps and Pences released on Thursday their official Christmas portraits -- their first such photos since taking office.

"Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump," reads Mrs. Trump's tweet.

"Our official Christmas portrait has been released!" Mrs. Pence tweeted.

Mrs. Trump has been actively spreading holiday cheer in recent weeks, particularly with children.

On Wednesday she visited a holiday toy drive sponsored by the military.

She continued, "It is my hope that during this holiday season people will remember it is not about gifts. It is about family service and gratitude. We must continue to look out for and help each other."

At the toy drive, she invited children from military families to help her sort toys.

She also sat with kids and made construction-paper cards to go with the gifts that will be distributed throughout the nation's capital.

When asked what she wants for Christmas, she said, "I asked Santa for Christmas, peace on the world, health love and kindness."

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