Decoration includes more than 83,000 twinkling lights on trees, garlands, wreaths and other displays, 77 Christmas trees and 25 wreaths.
WASHINGTON – Inspired by America’s founding documents, Jill Biden chose a “We the People” theme to grace the halls of the White House, reminding Americans what unites them throughout the year, especially during the holiday season.
Journalists got a sneak peek early Monday before the first lady was due to unveil the transformational work of a small army of volunteer decorators at an event later in the day.
As part of concentration of forces, her White House initiative to support military families, Biden has the support of National Guard leaders from across the country, as well as National Guard families. her late son, Beau Bidenwas a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.
“The soul of our nation is and always has been ‘we the people,'” she said in prepared remarks released by the White House. “And that’s what inspired this year’s White House Christmas decorations.”
Decorations include more than 83,000 twinkling lights on trees, garlands, wreaths and other displays, 77 Christmas trees and 25 wreaths on the manor’s exterior.
A copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display in the library, while the always eye-catching white gingerbread house contains a sugar cookie replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed. The constitution begins with the sentence “We, the people”.
“The values that unite us are all around you, a belief in possibility, optimism and unity,” Biden says in her prepared remarks. “Room by room, we show what connects us during the holidays and throughout the year.”
A novelty this year is a menorah used in Jewish worship, built by White House carpenters from wood removed during a Truman-era renovation. The Menorah is on the State Floor.
Around 50,000 visitors are expected through the White House during the holiday, including tourists and guests invited to various receptions. Among them will be French President Emmanuel Macron, who is scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden on Thursday and be honored this evening at a state dinner at the White House, the first of the Biden administration.
More than 150 volunteers began decorating the interior and exterior of the White House last week and will continue to do so over the Thanksgiving holiday. Planning began in the spring.
Illustrations of the family pets – Commander the dog and Willow the cat – can be found in the Vermeil Room, where the decor depicts different ways of showing kindness and gratitude.
Clusters of snowy trees fill the corners of the East Room, which reflects nature and relaxation. Four well-known national parks are depicted on the mantels: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah.
In the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas tree—an 18 1/2 foot tall concolor fir from Auburn, Pennsylvania—is adorned to represent unity and hope with handcrafted depictions of the official birds from all 57 territories, states and the District of Columbia.
The state dining room is dedicated to the next generation — kids — and trees there are adorned with ornaments that are self-portraits of the Teachers of the Year 2021 students “to make sure kids see themselves” in the White House decor, it said.
The Biden family’s Christmas stockings hang on the fireplace in the State Dining Room.
The Gingerbread White House was made using 20 sheets of sugar cookie dough, 30 sheets of gingerbread dough, 100 pounds of pastillage, 30 pounds of chocolate, and 40 pounds of royal icing.
“We the People” will be celebrated in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall on the State Floor, which also features metal ribbons inscribed with the names of each state, territory and District of Columbia.
“Mirrored ornaments and reflective surfaces allow visitors to see themselves within the decoration, realizing that the strength of our country – the soul of our nation – comes from ‘We the People,'” the White House said.
The White House noted that the vacation guide visitors will receive this year was designed by Las Vegas resident Daria Peoples, who is black. Peoples is a former elementary school teacher who has written and illustrated a number of picture books to support children of color, including those who have experienced racial trauma.
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