First lady Jill Biden has magically adorned the White House with 98 Christmas trees, 142,000 twinkling lights, and nearly 34,000 ornaments, aiming to inspire visitors to embrace the “magic, wonder, and joy” of the season. The festive theme, “Embrace Your Inner Child,” encourages a return to the pure delight and imagination of childhood.
Celebrating 200 Years of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Throughout the decorations, there are nods to the 200th anniversary of the iconic poem and book, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The Library of Congress provided samples of editions spanning the past 200 years, displayed along the ground floor corridor.
Key Highlights of Decor
- Official White House Christmas Tree: The 18.5-foot-tall Fraser fir takes its place in the Blue Room, celebrating cheerful scenes, landscapes, and neighborhoods from across the country.
- State Dining Room as Santa’s Workshop: The room is transformed into Santa’s workshop, featuring elves’ workbenches, stools, ladders, Christmas trees, and tools, creating a festive and joyous atmosphere.
- Gingerbread White House in Dining Room: The traditional gingerbread White House, made using 40 sheets each of sugar cookie and gingerbread dough, stands in the State Dining Room, showcasing a stunning holiday masterpiece.
- Library’s Bedtime Story Tradition: The library honors the tradition of bedtime stories with golden moons and shimmering stars dangling overhead, creating a magical and cozy ambiance.
- China Room as a Sweet Shop: The China Room becomes a sweet shop, offering flavors and scents of the season through holiday cakes, cookies, and gingerbread creations.
- Menorah Display in the Cross Hall: The official White House Menorah is showcased in the Cross Hall, symbolizing unity and inclusivity during the holiday season.
Celebrating Military Families: Jill Biden
National Guard families, part of Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative to appreciate military families, are among the first to experience the festive decorations. The celebration includes a special performance by the cast of the Disney musical “Frozen” for military families and children.
Fun Facts and Joyful Atmosphere
With 15,000 feet of ribbon, over 22,000 bells, and 142,425 twinkling lights, the White House radiates joy and festivity. The wreaths with red ribbons adorn the north and south exteriors, adding to the festive atmosphere.
In the First Lady’s Words
Jill Biden expresses her hope that the decorations bring light and joy, especially during challenging times, encouraging everyone to view the world with the wonder of a child.
Jill Biden’s enchanting holiday decor invites all to rediscover the magic of the season and find joy amidst the challenges of the world.