First Lady Jill Biden tours the White House Christmas decorations

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WASHINGTON (WPVI) — The holidays are in full swing at the White House.

On Monday, Action News was invited to view all of the Christmas decorations at the executive mansion. She was accompanied by the person who designed them all: First Lady Jill Biden.

About 130 miles from her native Hammonton, New Jersey, Dr Biden says when she decorated the “People’s House” for the holidays, she wanted it to feel like home. She set the tables to reflect how she grew up.

“All those memories of Hammonton and Italian food — the braciole and the homemade wedding soup,” she recalls.

With the help of more than 100 volunteers, 41 trees inside the White House are adorned with thousands of ornaments and tens of thousands of lights.

A Christmas tree is steeped in history, decorated with family photos.

“It’s all the families that have lived here – the Reagans, the Carters, the Clintons, the Kennedys, the Bidens,” the first lady said.

If you look closely, you’ll see the Bidens at their beloved Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and in Ocean City, New Jersey, where she worked her first job.

‘I served as a waitress at the Jersey Shore and had money so I could pay for my education,’ Dr Biden said

The first lady fondly remembers Christmas in Philadelphia as a child.

“I used to take the train and go Christmas shopping,” she said.

Feeling blessed by her own journey, Dr. Biden wants gratitude to be the garland here. This year’s theme is “Gifts from the Heart”.

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