White House Christmas decorations honor frontline workers of Covid

The White House State Dining Room is decorated for the holiday season during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations (Image: AP)

The White House has revealed that this holiday season’s theme is ‘Gifts from the Heart’ and will honor frontline workers who have dedicated themselves to helping others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Each room tells a story about gifts from the heart, the first lady explained Monday. The east wing is dedicated to frontline workers, who are represented by shooting stars because they ‘brought light to our lives during the darkest days of the pandemic.’

‘As we celebrate our first holiday at the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we’ve met across the country, repeatedly reminding us that our differences are precious and our similarities are limitless’, President Joe Biden and the First Lady Jill Biden said in a joint statement on Monday.

The first lady, a longtime teacher, invited second-graders from Maryland to the White House Monday afternoon to help her decorate.

The official White House Christmas tree features a peace dove and a ribbon with the names of all 50 US states and territories (Image: Getty Images)

The decorations are said to be inspired by people the Girls met while traveling around the country during their first year as first family.

Nurses, doctors, teachers, grocery store clerks and others were among those recognized in this year’s decor, which transformed the White House into a giant 350-pound gingerbread village. .

The Gingerbread White House also features schools, police and fire departments, gas stations, hospitals, post offices, grocery stores and warehouses to honor the essential workers still working during the height of the pandemic. Translate.

This year, the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room was covered with peace doves and ribbons listing the 50 states and territories in alphabetical order.

At least 41 Christmas trees can be spotted around the White House this year, with more than 10,000 decorations and about 6,000 feet of ribbons. Nearly 80,000 lights were used to decorate trees, wreaths, wreaths and other holiday displays around the White House.

A decorative portrait of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hangs from the Christmas tree in the State Dining Room of the White House (Image: Getty Images)

In previous years, the decorated lobby of the White House could be seen during public tours, which were suspended due to the pandemic. Photos, videos and other details about the festival can still be viewed at the White House Online.

The volunteers who came to the White House to decorate this year came from the surrounding area, in contrast to previous years, the volunteers who came to Washington DC from all over the United States. It takes about 100 volunteers a week to decorate.

Many social media users were quick to point out other ways this year’s White House celebrations were a stark change from four years ago, including darker screens arranged by the former First Lady. Lady Melania Trump.

The former first lady was fired after a leaked audio recording said: ‘I’m getting ready for Christmas items, you know, who’s telling me about things and trinkets? Christmas decoration? But I need to do it, right? ‘

Volunteers from the surrounding area spent last week decorating the White House for the holiday (Image: Getty Images)
In previous years, public tours were offered to see the White House holiday decor, but because of Covid-19, people could only view the decor online (Image: AP)

Some Twitter users last year mocked the whimsical red Christmas trees the previous first lady had chosen, saying they were “backwards” or out of Handmaid’s Tale.

One person took to Twitter to share photos of this year’s White House, saying: ‘Last year we taped Melania on the tape “Merry fucking Kreesmuz” and Biff trying to overturn the election. This year we are still normal. ‘

It remains unclear how the White House will handle parties and receptions this year amid growing concerns about the Omicron coronavirus variant.

The East Room of the White House is decorated for the holiday (Image: AP)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said there would be parties, but they would be ‘different’ than in previous years.

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Huynh Nguyen

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