White House 2022 Christmas decorations: Jill Biden unveils theme

The decorations include more than 83,000 twinkling lights on the tree, wreaths, garlands and other displays, 77 Christmas trees and 25 wreaths.

WASHINGTON — Inspired by the decor of America’s founding documents, Jill Biden chose the theme “We the People” to decorate the halls of the White House and to remind Americans of the things that unite them throughout. year, especially during the holidays.

Journalists were given a sneak peek early Monday before the first lady unveiled the transformative work of a small army of volunteer decorators at an event later in the day.

As part of the Engagement Force, her White House initiative to support military families, Biden will join National Guard leaders around the country , as well as National Guard families. Her late son, Beau Biden, was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.

“The soul of our nation is, and always has been, ‘We Are the People,'” she said in prepared remarks released by the White House. “And that’s what inspired this year’s White House holiday decorations.”

The decorations include more than 83,000 twinkling lights on the tree, wreaths, wreaths and other displays, 77 Christmas trees and 25 wreaths on the outside of the executive residence.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display in the library, while the White House always has a gingerbread display including a sugar cookie copy of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. conclude. The Constitution opens with the phrase “We the People”.

“The values ​​that unite us can be found around you, faith in possibility, optimism and solidarity,” Biden said in his prepared speech. “Room by room, we represent what brings us together during the holidays and throughout the year.”

A new addition this year is a menorah, used in Jewish worship, built by White House carpenters from wood that was removed during Truman-era renovations. Menorah is located on the State Floor.

About 50,000 visitors are expected to pass through the White House during the holidays, including tourists and guests invited to various receptions. Among them will be French President Emmanuel Macron, who is scheduled to meet President Joe Biden on Thursday and be honored later that evening at the White House state banquet, the first. of the Biden administration.

More than 150 volunteers began decorating the interior and exterior of the White House last week and continuing through the end of the Thanksgiving holiday. Planning begins in the spring.

Illustrations of family pets — the Commander dog and Willow the cat — can be found in the Vermeil Room, where the decor shows different ways to show kindness and gratitude.

Groups of snow-covered trees fill the corners of the East Room, reflecting nature and recreation. Four famous national parks are depicted on the mantel: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, and Shenandoah.

In the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas tree – an 18.5-foot-tall Concolor tree from Auburn, Pennsylvania – is decorated to represent unity and hope with handcrafted drawings of official birds. from all 57 territories, states and counties of Colombia.

The State Dining Room is dedicated to the next generation — children — and the trees there are adorned with ornaments that are self-portraits of the 2021 Teacher of the Year students, “ensuring that children I see myself” in the decor, the White House said.

Hanging over the fireplace in the State Dining Room are the Bidens’ Christmas stockings.

White House gingerbread is made with 20 sheets of sugar cookie dough, 30 sheets of gingerbread dough, 100 pounds of MSG, 30 pounds of chocolate, and 40 pounds of royal ice cream.

“We the People” was held at Grand Foyer and Cross Hall on the State Floor, where metal ribbons were also inscribed with the names of all the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

“Mirror ornaments and reflective surfaces ensure that visitors can see themselves in the décor, while noting that the strength of our country — the Soul of the People,” said the White House. our race — comes from ‘We are the People'”.

The White House noted that the holiday guidebook visitors will receive was designed this year by Daria Peoples, who is black, based in Las Vegas. Peoples is a former elementary school teacher who has written and illustrated a series of picture books to support children of color, including those who have experienced racial trauma.

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Edmund DeMarche

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