Garlands, doves, family photos and gifts in bright red boxes mark the White House holiday this year. About 100 volunteers helped decorate, using 25 wreaths, 41 Christmas trees, 300 candles, 6,000 feet of ribbon, 10,000 ornaments and nearly 80,000 Christmas lights.
For the Bidens’ first Christmas at the White House, First Lady Jill Biden recently unveiled the mansion’s 2021 holiday theme as “gifts from the heart” – faith, community, family, friendship, learning, nature, gratitude, service, peace, unity and the arts – which bring together Americans of all ages and walks of life.
In the library, stacks of decorative books, birds and butterflies, all made from recycled newspapers, represent the gift of learning. And in the China Room – designated as such by First Lady Edith Wilson in 1917 to display the White House’s growing collection of china – a table is set for dinner, showcasing the gift of friendship. Handwritten thank you notes, displayed in the East Room, celebrate the gift of gratitude.
The official White House Christmas tree – festooned with ornaments of doves representing the gifts of peace and unity – is located in the Blue Room, where the chandelier has been temporarily removed to accommodate the height imposing tree. And the annual Gingerbread White House, created by the White House Pastry Chefs, has been expanded into a Gingerbread Village with a school, grocery store, warehouse and hospital, as well as police stations. police, fire and gasoline.
“We wish you a happy, healthy and joyful holiday season,” the Bidens said in a statement. “As we look forward to a new year full of possibilities, may the gifts of the heart light our way.”