Jill Biden brought people back to the ‘People’s House’ themed for this year’s White House Christmas decorations.
With the Executive Mansion open again for holiday tours now as the COVID pandemic is slowing down, the First Lady chose ‘We the People’ to star in the décor, which features do-it-yourself ornaments and mirrors to reflect visitors walking by. the halls.
More than 50,000 people are expected to visit the White House this holiday season, according to the East Wing.
Decorations include 77 Christmas trees, including three dedicated to Gold Star Families. There are 83,615 Christmas lights decorating the trees, garlands, wreaths and displays around the mansion with 25 classic wreaths adorning the north and south façades of the White House.
The main White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room features the state birds of each state and the background is a nest constructed from real wood.
Early mascots Commander and Willow hold the fireplace in the East Room, which stocks with Biden’s grandchildren
The traditional White House gingerbread house along with a gingerbread reconstruction of Independence Hall in a nod to the ‘We the People’ theme
The entrance hall allows visitors to ‘walk through the snow’ where decorations of Commander and Willow await to greet them.
Three of the 77 White House Christmas trees are dedicated to Gold Star families
The mantelpiece in the China Room is decorated with recipe cards handwritten by volunteers who helped decorate the White House for the holidays.
The main Christmas tree in the Blue Room is decorated with the birds of each state. The base of the tree is a nest made of real wood. The eastern state poster gives the name of the state bird. Wooden birdhouses also grace the 19-foot white spruce.
In the State Dining Room, the stockings on the fireplace display the names of the Biden grandchildren. And, for the first time, there is a stocking for Peter Neal, whom Naomi Biden married last weekend.
There are also stockings for the first Commander dog and the first Willow cat. The mascots appear three times in various places in the White House décor.
The trees in the state dining hall are a nod to Jill Biden’s roots as a teacher. The tree toppers are student-created self-portraits of the 2021 Teachers of the Year from across the country.
The Traditional Gingerbread White House includes 20 sheets of sugar cookie dough, 30 sheets of gingerbread dough, 100 pounds of gumpaste, 30 pounds of chocolate, and 40 pounds of royal icing.
Joining him is a gingerbread recreation of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed.
It’s one of many nods to the ‘We the People’ theme throughout the state rooms. In the library, the preamble to the United States Constitution is written on paper banners that decorate the windows.
‘The Soul of our Nation is, and always has been, “We the People.” And that’s what inspired this year’s White House Christmas decorations,’ Jill Biden will say later Monday as she thanks the more than 150 volunteers who dedicated the past week to decorating the White House.
The first lady was inspired by the nearly 40 states she has visited during her time in the White House.
White House planning begins shortly after the Easter Egg Roll with a final decision on the issue made by July 4.
Jill Biden and President Joe Biden, who spent the Thanksgiving holiday on Nantucket, saw the decorations for the first time Sunday night when they returned to the White House.
“They were blown away by the beauty and how the house came to a standstill while they were away for Thanksgiving,” said White House social secretary Carlos Elizondo, who greeted the first couple upon their arrival.
He said the first lady was ‘100% completely happy with the end result. This is her vision and we had many people: it took a town to execute it.’
The first Commander dog and the first Willow cat appear in this year’s White House decorations
The East Room is dedicated to nature with snow-covered trees and tributes to the nation’s national parks.
Snowflakes light up the crosshall ceiling
Jill Biden incorporated DIY Christmas decorations: In the Green Room, some of the bells are made from painted plastic cups, shower rings, twine and ribbon from craft stores.
The trees in the China Room are decorated with garlands of wooden spoons, measuring cups, and rolling pins.
On display in Cross Hall is a menorah built by White House carpenters from wood removed during a Truman-era renovation.
The library has trees made of books.
The Red Room is decorated with candles as a symbol of faith
The entrance to the White House displays this year’s theme “We the People.”
Jill Biden also incorporated DIY ideas into the decorations so that people could make similar ones at home.
“It is very important to the first lady that her décor is affordable and accessible and that she can inspire people at home during the holidays. So she will see a lot of DIY elements everywhere and we hope people can be inspired by the White House and recreate it at home,” said East Wing communications director Elizabeth Alexander.
In the Green Room, bells hang from streamers in the windows facing the South Lawn. Some of the bells are made from painted plastic cups, shower rings, yarn, and ribbon from craft stores.
Visitors entering the White House will ‘walk through the snow,’ a wintry forest of hand-painted papier-mâché trees. The decorations contain mirrors to reflect visitors as they walk through the entrance hall. And the creatures of the forest, including a rabbit, a fox and an owl, hide among the trees.
The animals were made by the volunteers during the past week.
The various state rooms contain decoration that represents elements that unite people.
In the Chinese room, it is the food and culinary traditions.
The trees are decorated with garlands of wooden spoons, measuring cups, and rolling pins.
And decorating the mantelpiece are recipe cards contributed by the volunteers from across the country who helped decorate the White House for the holidays.
The library is dedicated to the stories that bring people together, including books made in the shape of a Christmas tree.
The Red Room is decorated with candles to represent faith and allow for quiet reflection. It also features orchids, which are one of Jill Biden’s favorite flowers.
The Green Room has a theme song inspired by Christmas carols. Decoration includes rattles, bells, and jingle bells.
The East Room is dedicated to nature with snow-covered trees. The mantelpieces feature four of the nation’s National Parks: the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Shenandoah National Park.