White House unveils ‘We the People’ themed Christmas decorations: NPR


The White House State Dining Room is decked out for the holiday season with stocking stuffers for members of President Biden’s family and First Lady Jill Biden.

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The White House State Dining Room is decked out for the holiday season with stocking stuffers for members of President Biden’s family and First Lady Jill Biden.

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It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas at the White House.

On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden unveiled this year’s “We the People” Christmas decorations, which she chose months ago. The White House says more than 150 volunteers came together to decorate the building over the course of a week.

The White House Christmas tree is on display in the Blue Room of the White House. According to the White House, the room’s chandelier is removed each year to accommodate the Christmas tree at its full height.

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In the State Dining Room is this year’s White House gingerbread house, and next to it is a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall sugar cookie.

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In the State Dining Room is this year’s White House gingerbread house, and next to it is a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall sugar cookie.

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There are 77 Christmas trees, 25 wreaths and more than 83,615 holiday lights around the White House, according to the first lady’s office. This year’s Gingerbread White House also features a cookie model of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall; together, the creation weighs 300 pounds, which includes 100 pounds of pastillage, a thick sugar paste, as well as 30 pounds of chocolate and 40 pounds of royal icing, according to White House pastry chef Susan Morrison.

The East Colonnade of the White House is decorated with winter trees, animals and lanterns.

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Sticking with the theme, the White House has also put on display in the library a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which was printed in 1845 and later gifted to the White House.

Some Biden family traditions are also woven into the decor. Hanging from the fireplace in the state dining room are the Biden family’s stockings, which will be filled with an orange in the toe, a tradition from the first lady’s grandmother.

President Biden’s dog Commander and cat Willow are displayed in various parts of the White House Christmas decor.

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The entrance to the East Wing of the White House displays the “We the People” theme that First Lady Jill Biden chose earlier this year.

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The entrance to the East Wing of the White House displays the “We the People” theme that First Lady Jill Biden chose earlier this year.

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A copy of First Lady Jill Biden’s Crunchy Apple Creme recipe card is part of the mantelpiece decor in the China Room. The White House says volunteers who helped decorate also contributed recipe cards on display.

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The Red Room is decorated with orchids, one of the first lady’s favorite flowers, as well as fresh blueberries, a White House tradition since 1975.

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