‘Gifts from the Heart’ is the Christmas theme at the Biden White House
Washington Gifts from the Heart is the theme for President Joe Biden’s first birthday at the White House.
On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden was set to unveil matching theme decorations, said to have been inspired by the people the couple met while traveling the country this year.
“The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the limitations of a pandemic: faith, family, friendship; love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace,” Al Biden wrote in the 2021 White House Memorial Vacation Guide. These are the gifts that connect the strings of the heart. in our lives together. These are gifts from the heart.”
The décor features a giant gingerbread white house acknowledging the frontline workers who persevered during the coronavirus pandemic, while the official Christmas tree — the 18-foot-tall (5.5 meter) fir — celebrates gifts of peace and unity, the White House said.
With Biden spending Thanksgiving week in Nantucket, Massachusetts, more than 100 volunteers set out to decorate the executive mansion—including the Oval Office—with 41 Christmas trees, about 6,000 feet (2,000 yards) of ribbon and more than 10,000 decorations.
Twenty-five wreaths adorn the north and south sides of the building, and nearly 79,000 lights illuminate Christmas trees, wreaths, wreaths and other holiday displays.
The White House said Jill Biden invited a second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, to help her uncover the trappings. PBS KIDS characters Martin and Chris Kratts from “Wild Kratts” will be on hand.
Before the puppet show at PBS for schoolchildren, the first lady will read her 2012 children’s book, “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops,” and provide notes thanking the volunteer decor team.
She also called on a local family from the National Guard to highlight the role the guards played in the US response to COVID-19, as well as military families vacationing away from their loved ones.
Journalists will tour the decorated White House before the official unveiling.
“As we celebrate our first holiday season at the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we meet across the country, reminding us time and time again that our differences are precious and our similarities are endless,” Biden wrote. “We wish you a happy, healthy and happy holiday. As we look forward to a new year full of possibilities, may gifts from the heart enlighten our way forward.”
The official White House Christmas tree, always placed in the Blue Room, is decorated with doves of peace holding a banner engraved with the names of the 50 states and American territories.
The Gingerbread White House, which weighs hundreds of pounds, houses eight detailed replicas of community buildings that represent front-line workers.
The White House may see less foot traffic this holiday season as public tours remain suspended due to COVID-19, but videos, photos and details about Christmas decorations will be made available for viewing at WhiteHouse.gov/Holidays.
The White House said that many interactive viewing experiences still need to be made available during the holiday season on Instagram, Google Maps Street View, Snapchat and other platforms.
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