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Mon Nov 27, 2023, 11:21 AM Nov 2023

"Magic, Wonder and Joy" is the Biden White House theme this holiday season [View all]

The Associated Press @AP
Jill Biden says White House décor designed for visitors to see the holidays through a child's eyes



WASHINGTON (AP) — Step inside the White House during the holidays by walking beneath the branches of a Christmas tree. Stroll along a hallway decorated with oversized holiday candy and other sweets. See Santa’s sleigh and his eight reindeer suspended above the grand foyer in dramatic fashion.

Jill Biden wants everyone who visits the White House through Christmas to feel like a kid again.



“Each room on display is designed to capture the pure, unfiltered delight and imagination of our childhoods, to see this time of year through the wondrous, sparkling eyes of children,” the first lady says. She’s playing host for a reception Monday to formally unveil the décor and thank some 300 designers and decorators who volunteered to spend past week transforming the executive mansion.

“Magic, Wonder and Joy” is the theme this year, the Bidens’ third in the White House.

https://apnews.com/article/jill-biden-white-house-holidays-decorations-christmas-d70d05e56504f02e334b44a3105be067



2023 White House Holidays by the Numbers:

-Approximately 14,975 feet of ribbon, over 350 candles, over 33,892 ornaments, and over 22,100 bells were used this year to decorate the White House.
-There are 98 Christmas trees throughout the White House complex.
-The Gingerbread White House creation includes 40 sheets of sugar cookie dough, 40 sheets of gingerbread dough, 90 pounds of pastillage, 30 pounds of chocolate, and 50 pounds of royal icing.



-Over 142,425 holiday lights decorate the trees, garlands, wreaths, and displays in the White House.
-Seventy-two classic wreaths adorn the north and south facades of the White House.
-It takes over 300 dedicated volunteers from across the country working a full week to decorate the inside and outside of the White House.



“Magic, Wonder, and Joy,” the 2023 Holidays Theme:

Each room and design element throughout the White House holiday display encourages visitors to embrace their inner child, indulge their senses, and delight in the “Magic, Wonder, and Joy” of the holidays.

Guests enter the East Wing of the White House under the festive branches of an enchanting and magical Christmas tree. The entrance decor invites visitors to summon joyful memories of childhood during the holidays: lying under the Christmas tree and gazing up with wonder, marveling at the twinkling lights, and feeling the soft pine needles above. Holiday candy and sweet treats of the season float overhead in both the East Wing Lobby and East Colonnade, reminding children and families of the delicious flavors of the holidays.

more: https://thxnews.com/2023/11/27/jill-biden-unveils-2023-white-house-wonderland/



...the President and First Lady wrote in a welcome letter at the beginning of the commemorative 2023 White House Holiday Guide:

“In this season of reflection and goodwill, we hope you will embrace your inner child and delight in simply being present with those you love. It is a time for our senses to awaken—for each of us to smell the aroma of favorite family recipes, to hear the warmth of a dear friend’s voice, to see the glow of lights and decorations, to taste the sweetness of candies and treats, and to feel the quiet stillness and strength of faith,”




https://www.whitehouse.gov/holidays-2023/

2023 White House Holiday Guide
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Holiday-Tourbook-2023.pdf

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Beautiful! What a contrast to Trump's decorations. Fla Dem Nov 2023 #1
Where's the creepy hallway with the blood-red trees? Ocelot II Nov 2023 #2
I think Melania was trying to punish us. She would've preferred to have been the Kremlin Walleye Nov 2023 #5
"Stabby Christmas" not fooled Nov 2023 #9
I think the term she actually used was "focking Kreesmas." Ocelot II Nov 2023 #10
Ghoulish. Just like she is. calimary Nov 2023 #11
My reaction as well! PatSeg Nov 2023 #13
Good word for that hall! pazzyanne Nov 2023 #18
Her parents should have named her Morticia PatSeg Nov 2023 #43
Yeah, it was like Dracula was the Decorator Cha Nov 2023 #42
I love the first lady's youthful style JI7 Nov 2023 #3
These decorations are the most beautiful I can remember in such a long time. Just gorgeous. n/t SheilaAnn Nov 2023 #4
Delightful! What a breath of fresh air Tanuki Nov 2023 #6
Dr. Biden really does a really beautiful traditional Christmas decoration kimbutgar Nov 2023 #7
Is this right? None of it terrifies me or fills me with dread. Hermit-The-Prog Nov 2023 #8
Even if one does not celebrate Christmas, you cannot deny that those decorations are Ziggysmom Nov 2023 #12
Absolutely beautiful! Spazito Nov 2023 #14
Wow 3auld6phart Nov 2023 #15
Gee, warm & celebratory. Not the deadly cold or hemorrhaging presentations of Melania evoking hlthe2b Nov 2023 #16
Magic. Wonder. Joy. sheshe2 Nov 2023 #17
ok, how did u get the xmas tree icon? me likes . AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #25
I was using my ipad ;) sheshe2 Nov 2023 #38
cool. thanks . AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #39
Beautiful! crickets Nov 2023 #19
Not like we need it, BUT bluestarone Nov 2023 #20
I feel like we finally have OUR White House back! llmart Nov 2023 #21
i second that . AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #35
What, no red trees that appear to be dripping blood? Beacool Nov 2023 #22
1,000 times better than the Horror Show that was 2017 to 2020. ProudMNDemocrat Nov 2023 #23
yuck. snork AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #26
If I'm remembering correctly... llmart Nov 2023 #41
I believe there was! electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #44
Because Dr. Jill Biden knows happiness and joy IronLionZion Nov 2023 #53
Bravo First Lady!! Bravo! chowder66 Nov 2023 #24
Okay this is truly beautiful underpants Nov 2023 #27
I love this! electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #45
Just Magical. nt stage left Nov 2023 #49
ohm myy. AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #28
Excellant................................beauitful.....................................classy........................... Lovie777 Nov 2023 #29
well magic is piss off the evangelicals dembotoz Nov 2023 #30
I'm not a big celebrator of Christmas, but this display made me go Habibi Nov 2023 #31
rec. jaw drop. AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #33
my late aunt used to make gingerbread houses when we were young, AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #32
No screaming crimson death-trees? LudwigPastorius Nov 2023 #34
Omg! "Screaming Death Trees"! 😄 electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #46
thanks for also including a non pdf link. was worth the read. so, if he wins , are we going back to that ? AllaN01Bear Nov 2023 #36
Beautiful decorations! I would love to tour the White House ! FloridaBlues Nov 2023 #37
Dr. Biden succeeded in her goal. It's all so joyful! blue neen Nov 2023 #40
Alternately delightful, sweet, and beautiful! Kudos... electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #47
It brings back fabulous memories of B Clinton's either first or second WH Christmas electric_blue68 Nov 2023 #48
So beautiful ! and yes... quite magical! liberalla Nov 2023 #50
I absolutely love it! Native Nov 2023 #51
Very nice, colorful, and festive, IronLionZion Nov 2023 #52
Thanks Dr. Jill Biden you are truly amazing Butterflylady Nov 2023 #54
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