White House Reveals First Lady Holiday Theme of “We the People”

washington – Taking decorative inspiration from America’s founding documents, Jill Biden chose the “We the People” theme to deck the White House halls and remind Americans of what unites them year-round, especially during the holidays .

Journalists got a glimpse early Monday before the first lady will unveil the transformative work of a small army of volunteer decorators during an event later in the day.

As part of Joining Forces, his White House initiative to support military families, Biden will be joined by National Guard families as well as National Guard leaders from around the country. His late son, Beau Biden, was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard.

“The soul of our nation is, and always has been, ‘We the People,'” she says in prepared remarks released by the White House. “And that’s what inspired this year’s White House holiday decorations.”

Decorations include more than 83,000 twinkling lights on trees, garlands, wreaths and other displays, 77 Christmas trees and 25 wreaths on the exterior of the Executive Mansion.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence is displayed in the library, while the ever-present Gingerbread White House includes a sugar cookie replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed. The Constitution begins with the phrase “We the People”.

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Christmas decorations with the theme “We the People” are unveiled during a press tour ahead of a holiday reception by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House on Nov. 28, 2022.

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“The values ​​that unite us can be found all around you, a belief in possibility, optimism and unity,” Biden said in his prepared remarks. “Room by room, we represent what brings us together during the holidays and throughout the year.”

A new addition this year is a menorah, used in Jewish worship, built by White House carpenters from wood that was removed during Truman-era renovations. The Menorah is located on the State Floor.

About 50,000 visitors are expected to pass through the White House during the holidays, including guests and tourists invited to various receptions. Among them will be French President Emmanuel Macron, who is scheduled to meet with President Biden on Thursday and be honored that evening at a White House state dinner, the first of the Biden administration.

More than 150 volunteers began decorating the interior and exterior of the White House last week and continued through the Thanksgiving holiday. Planning began in the spring.

Examples of family pets – the dog Commander and the cat Willow – can be found in the Vermeil Room, where the decorations represent different ways to show kindness and gratitude.

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Holiday decorations depicting the Bidens’ dog Commander at the White House on Nov. 28, 2022.

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Clusters of snowy trees fill the corner of the East Room, which reflects nature and recreation. Four famous national parks are featured on the fireplace mantels: the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Shenandoah.

In the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas tree – an 18 1/2-foot concolor fir from Auburn, Pennsylvania – is decorated with handmade renderings of all 57 territory, state and district official birds to represent unity and hope Is. Colombia.

The State Dining Room features the next generation — the kids — and the trees are decorated with ornaments that are self-portraits of the 2021 students, “ensuring that the kids see themselves” in the decorations, the White House said.

The Biden family’s Christmas stockings hang from the fireplace in the State Dining Room.

The gingerbread was made using 20 sheets of White House sugar cookie dough, 30 sheets of gingerbread dough, 100 pounds of pastilles, 30 pounds of chocolate, and 40 pounds of royal icing.

“We the People” is celebrated in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall on the State Floor, where metal ribbons are also inscribed with the names of all the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

The White House said, “The mirrored ornamentation and reflective surfaces ensure that visitors can see themselves in the decor, noting that our country’s strength – our nation’s soul – comes from ‘We the People.'”

The White House said the holiday guide book visitors were given this year was designed by Las Vegas-based Daria Peoples, who is Black. Peoples is a former elementary school teacher who has written and illustrated a series of picture books to support children of color, including those who have experienced race-based trauma.

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