UK Children Serenade Melania Trump with 'All I Want for Christmas is You' - WATCH
First lady visits kids at London Salvation Army on last day of NATO tour with president
Melania Trump took her own brand of festive warmth to the British shores this week as she paid a visit to the London Salvation Army, where children greeted the first lady by serenading her with the classic song "All I Want for Christmas is You."
Mrs. Trump spread Christmas cheer on Wednesday during the last day of her two-day UK tour for the NATO summit with President Donald Trump.
The first lady spent time creating decorations with British schoolchildren and helped U.S. Embassy Marines wrap Christmas gifts that will be donated to local families by the charity.
Melania joined about 30 fifth-graders from the Baden Powell School and U.S. Embassy Marines at the Salvation Army Centre in Clapton, East London, for their annual Christmas event.
Suzanne Johnson, the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson, accompanied the first lady during her visit.
Melania Trump donated several of her own gifts for local families, including soccer balls, caps and frisbees - all bearing her signature initiative "Be Best" logo.
Isabelle Bates, one of the fifth-grade student leaders who escorted the first lady around the event, expressed surprise Melania Trump had never had a mince pie, which is a pie filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called "mincemeat," that is traditionally served during the Christmas season.
"I was surprised at she's never had a mince pie," Isabelle, age 10, said.
"She said she was going to try one tonight."
"I thought she was really fun," she added.
"My impression of her was actually really nice.
"Everyone was expecting her to be very grumpy but she was actually very nice."
Quiana Mullings, age 9, said the first lady looked sad but was actually "very happy."
Isabelle said the kids were asking the first lady a lot of questions about what she does for Christmas.
"She said put ornaments on the tree before Christmas," Isabelle said Melania told them.
During her 45 minute visit, Melania joined a table of school children in making a wreath, adding pine cones to one covered in gold tinsel.
She chatted with the school children for about 20 minutes, moving to a few different tables.
She and Isabelle hung ornaments on a tree covered in decorations bearing the first lady's "Be Best" logo.
Many of the kids wore Santa hats or reindeer ears to get in the holiday mood.
A Salvation Army band played Christmas carols like "Jingle Bells."
The school kids also chose a song to sing to the first lady, opting for Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
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Melania Trump stood to the side, nodding her head to the music and smiling as the kids performed.
She clapped and told them "bravo" when they were done.
After the song, the first lady gave each of the children an ornament with her Be Best logo on it.
"Thank you," the children called out in return.
As part of the Salvation Army appeal, members of the British public are asked to buy an extra present for a child and donate it unwrapped to their local Salvation Army, where volunteers will wrap it and match it with a local family.
The first lady joined Embassy Marines in putting some of the gifts into gift bags, including books and a teddy bear along with a frisbee and a soccer ball.
She spent about 45 minutes with the children.
One of the schoolgirls had decorated Christmas cookies and gave them to her.
The Salvation Army works in 131 countries worldwide, including the United States.
Melania Trump often takes part in charity events around the holidays.
She visited Red Cross headquarters in Washington D.C. late last month to pack care packages for U.S. troops overseas.
The first lady has been a low key presence on the trip at the NATO Summit, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the alliance.
She was one of the few spouses to attend the summit.
Neither French President Emmanuel Macron nor Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were seen with their wives at the exclusive receptions held for the leaders on Tuesday evening.
Melania has joined President Trump at a trio of receptions - a tea with Charles and Camila at Clarence House, followed by a reception held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace and then an at 10 Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.