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Donald Trump, Melania receive standing ovation at Christmas Eve mass

26 December 2016
Donald Trump, Melania receive standing ovation at Christmas Eve mass

Melania Trump joined her president-elect husband for midnight mass in Florida wearing a very short mini dress as fellow churchgoers cheered wildly as they arrived.

On Saturday, President-elect Donald Trump and First Lady-elect Melania Trump attended Christmas Eve services in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump has bemoaned the increased use of the term "Happy Holidays" in place of "Merry Christmas" as a sign that Christianity is under attack.

In 2005, the Trumps were married at Bethesda-by-the-Sea - they held their reception at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private club about three miles down the coastline - and a year later they christened their son, Barron, in the sanctuary.

He has said he will reverse that trend as president.

They were pictured arriving at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea at about 10.30pm.

It was an unorthodox Christmas Eve service, where parishioners walked through metal detectors as they entered the church. According to the Tampa Bay Times, they participated in Christmas Eve services previous year, as well as the Easter service in March.

Earlier in the evening, Trump also tweeted a Hanukkah greeting, writing "Happy Hanukkah", along with an image of a menorah captioned, "Wishing You a Bright and Happy Hanukkah!"

The Trumps started their evening at Mar-a-Lago, which hosts a Christmas dinner for members and their guests.