Jill Biden unveils White House Christmas decorations with ‘Gifts from the Heart’ as 2021 theme


The White House is looking festive as the year’s Christmas decor has been unveiled by First Lady Jill Biden. The theme chosen for the holiday season is “Gifts from the Heart.” A National Guard family with Captain Maryanne V. Harrell, her husband Levi and their children joined in the unveiling. Elliana’s second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland were also a part of the event.

Last Monday, President Biden was at the White House when an 18.5-foot Fraser fir that came from North Carolina was placed in the Blue Room. This Monday, there are 41 trees that are placed throughout the enormous White House decorated by 100 dedicated volunteers. This year’s decorations consisted of about 6,000 feet of ribbon, more than 300 candles, more than 10,000 ornaments and more than 78,750 holiday lights.

The East Wing entrance to the White House was lined with red gift boxes. A band played traditional Christmas carols. Some of them were “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World” and “The First Noel.”

The East Wing has a tree that it is lit up and is decorated with star ornaments. It also has names of Gold Star service members. It is in honor of the military, front-line workers, essential workers as well as first responders.

The White House Library has been decorated with the giftof learning. There are books that have butterflies that are flying from the pages. The Vermeil Room has the theme of the gift of visual arts. There are paint brushes dripping with paint and the tree has colorful ornaments.

The china room emulates the gift of friendship and sharing. The tree is decorated with ornaments that display intertwined hands. A table is set with flowers from the gardens in the White House. It has candles. It also displays china from former president Barack Obama.

The Grand Foyer and hall showcases gifts of faith and community. It has four lit trees with snowflake lights that adorn the ceiling. Pop-up cards represent homes from all over the nation.

The Green Room is dedicated to the gift of nature. Orchids and purple trees add beauty and color, while a tree with musical notes and violins, showcasing the gift of the performing arts adorns the Red Room.

The East Room is filled with thank you cards that the Biden received throughout the year and are placed on the trees. They embody the gift of gratitude. The Neapolitan creche or the nativity that has been used by the White House since 1967 is also displayed in the room.

The Blue Room has the official tree which embodies the gift of peace and unity. There are ornaments representing fifty states and territories as well as flying doves.

The finale of the Christmas decor is the State Dining Room with the representation of the gift of family. Two trees encompass a fireplace decorated with stockings. There are photographs of the Bidens. There are also photos of past presidents including former president Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump.

The State Dining Room also has the official Gingerbread White House. The 2021 version is all of 350 pounds. It has intricate features that represent frontline workplaces. There are miniature buildings include a hospital, a gas station, a police station and a postal office.


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