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  • Billy Porter Performs at the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Thomas Goertel
    winter holidays
    performing
    music
    Ellipse
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Christmas
    military
    U.S. Army Band
    This photograph of singer and actor Billy Porter performing the holiday classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. Porter was accompanied by the United States Army Band Downrange. The 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J and also featured performances by Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, and Patti LaBelle. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts have annually drawn hundreds of attendees.
  • 2021 Holiday Decorations in the Vermeil Room
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Vermeil Room
    Ground Floor
    This photograph of the holiday decorations in the Vermeil Room was taken by David Weigold during a press preview of the holiday decorations on November 29, 2021. The Vermeil room is named for the collection of gilded silver tableware on display in the room. During the holiday season, they are often incorporated into the room’s décor. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Vermeil Room celebrated the “Gift of the Visual Arts” with paintbrushes and paint swatches in a variety of vivid hues.
  • 2021 Holiday Decorations in the Vermeil Room
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Vermeil Room
    Ground Floor
    This photograph of the holiday decorations in the Vermeil Room was taken by David Weigold during the press preview unveiling the holiday decorations on November 29, 2021. The Vermeil room is named for the collection of gilded silver tableware on display in the room. During the holiday season, they are often incorporated into the room’s décor. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Vermeil Room celebrated the “Gift of the Visual Arts” with paintbrushes and paint swatches in a variety of vivid hues.
  • 2021 West Garden Room Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    West Wing
    West Garden Room
    This photograph of holiday decorations in the West Garden Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Red poinsettia flowers adorn a decorative urn, while a festive garland encircles the allegorical painting "Liberty" by artist Constantino Brumidi. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance.
  • Mrs. Nixon in the Cross Hall, 1972 Holiday Season
    Unknown
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    decorations
    winter holidays
    Christmas
    This photograph of First Lady Pat Nixon was taken on December 11, 1972. Mrs. Nixon is seen standing in the Cross Hall among holiday decorations, including a poinsettia tree, floral designs draped around the chandelier, and red cloth covered columns. The Cross Hall, which is located on the State Floor of the White House, runs the length of the Executive Mansion and offers views of the East, Red, Green, and Blue Rooms.
  • Mrs. Nixon with the 1972 White House Gingerbread House
    Unknown
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    winter holidays
    gingerbread
    decorations
    Christmas
    food & drink
    In this photograph, First Lady Pat Nixon gives a tour of holiday decorations to the White House Press Corps in the State Dining Room. On display nearby is a German A-frame gingerbread house, designed by assistant executive chef Hans Raffert. Raffert created his first A-frame gingerbread house for First Lady Pat Nixon in 1969, where they soon evolved into a beloved holiday tradition.
  • 2021 East Landing Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Landing
    Christmas
    This photograph of the holiday decorations in the East Landing was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Prominently featured in this photograph is the official portrait of First Lady Florence Kling Harding and a portrait of First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland.
  • 2021 Library Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Library
    Ground Floor
    Christmas
    This close-up photograph of holiday decorations in the Library was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Library honored the "Gift of Learning" and featured stacks of books, ribbons, and recycled paper butterflies.
  • 2021 Library Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Library
    Ground Floor
    Christmas
    This close-up photograph of a Christmas tree in the Library was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Library honored the "Gift of Learning" and featured stacks of books, ribbons, and recycled paper butterflies.
  • 2021 Grand Staircase Holiday Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Grand Staircase
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Grand Staircase was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Multiple wreaths hang from the railings. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance
  • 2021 Crèche Display, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    crèche
    State Floor
    East Room
    Christmas
    This close-up photograph of the crèche display in the East Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the East Room honored the "Gift of Gratitude." The 18th-century crèche was donated to the White House Collection by Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. of Far Hills, New Jersey in 1967. The donation included 39 hand-painted figurines.
  • Mrs. Carter and Chef Raffert View 1979 Gingerbread House
    Warren K. Leffler
    winter holidays
    staff
    gingerbread
    food & drink
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Christmas
    In this photograph taken by Warren K. Leffler, First Lady Rosalynn Carter and White House Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert view a gingerbread house in the State Dining Room of the White House on December 10, 1979. Chef Raffert created his first German A-frame gingerbread house for the Nixon White House holiday decorations in 1969, where they subsequently became an annual tradition. Even after the A-frame design was no longer used, Raffert's skills were often used to create the Official White House Gingerbread House until his retirement in 1992.
  • Mrs. Clinton and Chef Mesnier Pose with the 1999 White House Gingerbread House
    unknown
    winter holidays
    staff
    gingerbread
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Christmas
    food & drink
    This photograph of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier with the White House gingerbread house was taken in December 1999. Chef Mesnier and his team created gingerbread versions of the White House, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and Mount Vernon. The scene also included the Potomac river winding through the display. The theme chosen for 1999 was "Saving America's Treasures," highlighting Mrs. Clinton's program to help preserve important landmarks and historic artifacts.
  • 2021 East Garden Room Decorations, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Garden Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of a model White House on display in an alcove of the East Garden Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the East Garden Room also included a Christmas tree decorated with the official White House Christmas Ornament and a White House Christmas card display featuring cards from current and previous presidential administrations.
  • 2021 Holiday Decorations in the State Dining Room
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    This photograph of stockings hanging on the mantel in the State Dining Room Room was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the State Dining Room honored the "Gift of Family" and included family photographs, stockings by the mantel embroidered with the names of the Biden's grandchildren, and the traditional gingerbread display.
  • U.S. Marine Band Performs for 2021 Press Preview, Biden Administration
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    performing
    music
    military
    decorations
    U.S. Marine Band
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    This photograph of the United States Marine Band performing in the Entrance Hall was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Col. Jason K. Fettig, director of the Marine Band, conducts the performance. Members of the Marine Band wear face masks as a protective measure against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Cross Hall and Entrance Hall honored the "Gift of Faith and Community," and featured suspended candles, projected snowflakes, alcove displays, and Christmas trees and garlands decorated with artificial snow and white lights.
  • 2021 Holiday Decorations in the Entrance Hall
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    This photograph of star projections on the ceiling of the Entrance Hall was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. For their first year in the White House, President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose the theme, "Gifts from the Heart." The theme was meant to honor the things we cherish and bring us together despite the obstacles posed by a pandemic, time, and distance. Decorations in the Cross Hall and Entrance Hall honored the "Gift of Faith and Community," and featured suspended candles, projected snowflakes, alcove displays, and Christmas trees and garlands decorated with artificial snow and white lights.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Christmas
    Ellipse
    winter holidays
    This photograph of the pre-show to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The pre-show was co-hosted by WUSA9 News morning anchor Annie Yu and meteorologist Chester Lampkin, and featured performances by the Howard Gospel Choir. Based out of Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., the Howard Gospel Choir later accompanied Patti LaBelle and Billy Porter at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Ellipse
    winter holidays
    This photograph of the pre-show to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The pre-show was co-hosted by WUSA9 News morning anchor Annie Yu and meteorologist Chester Lampkin, and featured performances by the Howard Gospel Choir. Based out of Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., the Howard Gospel Choir later accompanied Patti LaBelle and Billy Porter at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Ellipse
    winter holidays
    This photograph of the pre-show to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The pre-show was co-hosted by WUSA9 News morning anchor Annie Yu and meteorologist Chester Lampkin, and featured performances by the Howard Gospel Choir. Based out of Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., the Howard Gospel Choir later accompanied Patti LaBelle and Billy Porter at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • The Howard Gospel Choir Performs at 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show
    Thomas Goertel
    winter holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Christmas
    music
    performing
    This photograph of members of the Howard Gospel Choir performing at the pre-show to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The pre-show was co-hosted by WUSA9 News morning anchor Annie Yu and meteorologist Chester Lampkin. Based out of Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., the Howard Gospel Choir later accompanied Patti LaBelle and Billy Porter at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • The Howard Gospel Choir Performs at 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show
    Thomas Goertel
    winter holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Christmas
    performing
    music
    This photograph of members of the Howard Gospel Choir performing at the pre-show to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The pre-show was co-hosted by WUSA9 News morning anchor Annie Yu and meteorologist Chester Lampkin. Based out of Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., the Howard Gospel Choir later accompanied Patti LaBelle and Billy Porter at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Ellipse
    winter holidays
    This photograph of the crowd gathered on the Ellipse for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The event was hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J and featured performances by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, and Patti LaBelle. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts have annually drawn hundreds of attendees.
  • The U.S. Army Band Rehearses for 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Thomas Goertel
    winter holidays
    performing
    music
    military
    U.S. Army Band
    Ellipse
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Christmas
    This photograph of members of the United States Army Band Downrange rehearsing prior to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The White House is appears prominently in the background of this photograph. A trio of Christmas wreaths hang from the Truman Balcony on the South Portico, while Marine One, the presidential helicopter, waits on the South Lawn.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Ellipse
    winter holidays
    This photograph of the crowd gathered on the Ellipse for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was taken by Thomas Goertel on December 2, 2021. The event was hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J and featured performances by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, and Patti LaBelle. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts have annually drawn hundreds of attendees.