WASHINGTON, DC – “Gifts from the Heart” was the theme of President Joe Biden’s first Christmas at the White House.
First Lady Jill Biden was scheduled to announce Monday decorations matching the theme, said to be inspired by people the couple met as they toured the country for the year. now on.
“The sacred things we hold unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; love of art, learning and nature; gratitude, service, and community; solidarity and peace,” the Bidens wrote in a White House commemorative 2021 holiday guidebook. “These are gifts that bind the heart strings of our lives together. These are gifts from the heart.”
The decoration features a giant gingerbread White House in recognition of frontline workers who have persevered through the coronavirus pandemic, while the official Christmas tree – the 18-foot (5.5-meter) Fraser tree – honors honor the gift of peace and the White House said.
For Young Women’s Thanksgiving Week in Nantucket, Massachusetts, more than 100 volunteers set to work decorating the executive residence – including the Oval Office – with 41 Christmas trees, approximately 2,000 yards (2,000 yards) UK) ribbons and more than 10,000 decorations.
25 wreaths adorn the north and south sides of the building, and nearly 79,000 lights illuminate the Christmas trees, wreaths, wreaths and other holiday displays.
The White House said Jill Biden invited a second class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, to help her reveal the decorations. PBS KIDS characters Martin and Chris Kratt from the show “Wild Kratts” will also be present.
Before a PBS puppet show for schoolchildren, the first lady will read her 2012 children’s book, “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops” and offer her thanks. Thank you to the volunteer decorating team.
She also invited a local National Guard family to highlight the Guard’s role in the US response to COVID-19, as well as military families spending the holidays away from loved ones.
Reporters will tour the decorated White House before the official launch.
“As we celebrate our first holiday in the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we’ve met across the country, repeatedly reminding us that our differences are precious and our similarities are limitless,” the Bidens wrote. “We wish you a happy, healthy and joyful holiday season. As we look to a new year filled with possibilities, gifts from the heart can light the way ahead of us. I.”
On Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, marked the beginning of Hanukkah, by helping to light the National Menorah on the Ellipse.
The official White House Christmas tree, always erected in the Blue Room, is decorated with peace doves carrying banners embossed with the names of the 50 states and territories of the United States. Jill Biden tweeted a photo of the tree early Monday.
The Gingerbread White House, which weighs hundreds of pounds, includes eight detailed replicas of community buildings representing frontline workers.
The White House may see less pedestrian traffic this holiday season as public tours remain suspended due to COVID-19, but videos, photos and details on the Christmas decorations will be available. to view at WhiteHouse.gov/Holidays.
Still coming throughout the holiday, the White House said, different interactive viewing experiences will be made available on Instagram, Google Maps Street View, Snapchat and other platforms.