First lady Jill Biden, on Monday, unveiled her White House holiday decor. While doing so she also revealed her theme for the season: “Gifts from the Heart.” The FLOTUS chose symbols to represent things that unite the Americans for the annual White House holiday decorations. These include faith, family and friendship.
“As we celebrate our first holiday season in the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we have met across the country, time and again reminding us that our differences are precious and our similarities infinite,” President Joe Biden and the first lady said in a joint statement.
The East Wing entrance was lined with red gift boxes. A band played Christmas carols like “Jingle All the Way,” “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World,” the Hill reported.
For the visitors, they will be able to see a lit-up tree at the entrance of the East Wing. The tree is decorated with star ornaments with the names of Gold Star service members on it.
All in all, there are 41 Christmas trees throughout the White House.
As a part of her gifts, the White House library is dedicated to gifts of learning. These included books with butterflies flying off the pages. In the Vermeil Room, the gift of visual arts comes to life.
The first lady decorated the China Room, which showcases all the past presidential china, with the gift of friendship and sharing.
This year, the Grand Foyer and hall are dedicated to gifts of faith and community.
For the gift of nature, orchids and purple trees were placed in the Green Room.
The thank you cards that the couple received throughout the year were hung on the trees in the East Room to represent the gift of gratitude.
For the gift of peace and unity, the official Christmas tree was decorated with ornaments of all 50 states in Blue Room. The state ornaments were arranged alphabetically.
The eye-catching of them all was the State Dining Room, where the gift of family was represented.
Around 6,000 feet of ribbon, more than 300 candles and more than 10,000 ornaments were used to decorate the White House, the Hill reported. For the Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and displays, more than 78,750 holiday lights were used.