Biden opens his holidays with a Christmas tree and ‘giving friendship’

Biden opens his holidays with a Christmas tree and ‘giving friendship’

Washington Jill Biden kicked off the holiday season at the White House on Monday by cutting off a small branch from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — along with the Great Communion — to her young grandson.

“Look how beautiful that is,” said the first lady of an 18 1/2-foot (5.6 m) Fraser fir that was delivered to her doorstep on Pennsylvania Avenue by Cladisdale horses named Ben Winston, who pulled a wagon carrying the tree.

“It’s beautiful. It’s really cool,” she said.

Sun Hunter Biden, his wife Melissa, and their young child Beau were among a large group of White House aides, guests and others who braved the winds to watch the short ceremony marking the beginning of President Joe Biden’s first Christmas at the White House. .

The tree was presented by the father-and-son team of Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina—the three-time winner of the National Christmas Tree Association’s annual competition. The winner will present his or her official tree to the White House.

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White House land manager Del Haney went to the farm in October to pick a tree. Peak Farms also supplied the official White House tree in 2008 and 2012.

Fraser fir will be decorated in the coming days and displayed in the Blue Room, a tradition dating back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, having removed a chandelier so it could be attached to the ceiling for safety during the season.

The first lady said the White House Christmas decorations will be revealed the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Her office said a family of the Army National Guard in the capital also joined her to honor the National Guard’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was using her new role to help shine the spotlight on military families and garner support for them from across the country through an initiative called Unite Forces. Biden’s late son, Beau – whose young grandson was named – served in the Delaware Army National Guard.

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Later on Monday, the first lady was joining President Biden, the commander in chief, on a trip to Army Fort Prague in North Carolina to celebrate the “giving of friends” with service members and military families. The term combines the words “friend” and “Thanksgiving” and refers to a large meal among friends eaten during the Thanksgiving season.

On Tuesday, they plan to take part in a local service project that will be announced before resuming their family’s tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

Last fall, when public health officials advised people not to travel or gather in large groups before COVID-19 vaccines were widely available, Biden broke with tradition and gathered for Thanksgiving dinner in Delaware with only his wife, daughter and friend. -Law.

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“Last Thanksgiving, for the first time, it was just the four of us,” Biden said earlier this month as he commented on the nation’s progress against the coronavirus. “Later this month, our tables and hearts will be full, thanks to the vaccinations.”

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