Bidens’ Christmas ornaments: ‘Gifts from the heart’


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.

Left: Thank you cards adorn a Christmas tree at the White House, a reminder that gratitude unites Americans. Right: The Gold Star Tree, which honors US military families who have lost service members, is on the East Tier of the White House. (©Evan Vucci/AP Images)
Every room in the house reflects this theme in some way. For example, in the east colonnade, iridescent doves and shooting stars represent “the peace and light that is being brought to all of us by frontline workers and first responders during the pandemic,” the White House says.

Alcoves and trees depict wintry scenes in the Grand Foyer and Cross Lobby of the White House. (The White House)

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.

Left: The White House Gingerbread House is on display in the State Dining Room. Right: A table set for a dinner evokes the theme of friendship. (©Evan Vucci/AP Images)

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.

The White House East Colonnade is lined with iridescent doves and shooting stars. (©Evan Vucci/AP Images)

“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.”

Christmas decorations adorn the exterior of the White House, as seen Dec. 2 in Washington. (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


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