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  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    winter holidays
    Christmas
    gingerbread
    food & drink
    decorations
    This photograph of the White House gingerbread house was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. Executive chef Hans Raffert created the first gingerbread house for First Lady Pat Nixon in 1969, setting the stage for a decades-long holiday tradition. The gingerbread house in 2021 featured eight community buildings in addition to the Executive Mansion. The buildings, including a hospital, schoolhouse, and post office, honored frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The gingerbread house was made of 55 sheets of baked gingerbread, 120 pounds of pastillage, 35 pounds of chocolate, and 25 pounds of royal icing. 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 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Ground Floor Corridor
    Ground Floor
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Ground Floor Corridor 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. The Ground Floor Corridor was lined with lush, green garlands and topiaries decorated with branches of red berries and white lights.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Blue Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Blue Room Christmas tree 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. The 2021 tree was an 18 1/2 foot Fraser fir hailing from Jefferson, North Carolina. It was grown by Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farms. The tree was adorned with peace doves bearing a ribbon with the names of the fifty states and territories to symbolize "Peace and Unity."
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Blue Room Christmas Tree
    Blue Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Blue Room Christmas tree 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. The 2021 tree was an 18 1/2 foot Fraser fir hailing from Jefferson, North Carolina. It was grown by Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farms. The tree was adorned with peace doves bearing a ribbon with the names of the fifty states and territories to symbolize "Peace and Unity."
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Entrance Hall ceiling and holiday decor 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. The Entrance Hall was decorated with suspended candles and displays among the Christmas trees and alcoves showcasing villages in winter to represent the "Gift of Faith and Community."
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Ground Floor
    China Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the China 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. The tree in the China Room in 2021 was strung with garlands of interlocking hands alongside a festively decorated table to symbolize the "Gifts of Friends and Sharing."
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Cross Hall
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Cross 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. The Cross Hall was decorated with suspended candles and displays among the Christmas trees and alcoves showcasing villages in winter to represent the "Gift of Faith and Community."
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Colonnade
    Christmas
    This photograph of the East Colonnade 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. Iridescent doves and shooting starts decorated the East Colonnade in 2021. The illuminating decorations were symbolic of the peace and light dedicated frontline workers and first responders provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Garden Room
    Christmas
    This photograph 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. The East Garden Room traditionally features displays of holiday cards sent by the president and first lady, as seen on the right.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    ornament
    decorations
    WHHA
    East Wing
    East Garden Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the 2021 Official White House Ornament was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The 2021 ornament paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson and was on display in the East Garden Room. The Official White House Ornament has been a part of the White House holiday decorations since the very first ornament in 1981. 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 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    East Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of 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. The East Room featured oversized "thank you" cards to reflect the "Gift of Gratitude" that is often expressed through simple acts of kindness.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    East Room
    Christmas
    crèche
    This photograph of the East Room crèche 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. The crèche was donated to the White House Collection by Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. of Far Hills, New Jersey in 1967 during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Landing
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Gold Star Family tree in the East Landing was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama chose to honor Gold Star military families with a special tree bearing the names of fallen military and decorated by the soldiers' families. The tradition continued beyond Mrs. Obama's time in the White House, including in 2021 by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. 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 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Landing
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Gold Star Family tree in the East Landing was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama chose to honor Gold Star military families with a special tree bearing the names of fallen military and decorated by the soldiers' families. The tradition continued beyond Mrs. Obama's time in the White House, including in 2021 by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. 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 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    performing
    military
    decorations
    U.S. Marine Band
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    Christmas
    This photograph of the United States Marine Band was taken by David Wiegold on November 29, 2021 during a press preview of the White House holiday decorations. The Marine Band performed in the Entrance Hall for the debut of the year's 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.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    east view
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Entrance
    Christmas
    This photograph of the East Wing entrance 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. Oversized gift boxes welcomed visitors at the East Wing entrance.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    east view
    decorations
    East Wing
    East Entrance
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decor at the East Wing entrance 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. Oversized gift boxes welcomed visitors at the East Wing entrance along with a gift tag announcing the year's theme, seen here.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    north view
    decorations
    North Portico
    Christmas
    This photograph of the North Portico of the White House 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. Dr. Biden personally requested the placement of the wreath in the pediment of the North Portico, the first known time a wreath was hung there.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Library
    Ground Floor
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decor 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. The Library was decorated to reflect the "Gift of Learning" in 2021, with stacks of books and butterflies meant to symbolize soaring to new heights and achieving great things.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Green Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Green 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. The green textiles and decor of the Green Room inspired the "Gifts of Nature" theme in 2021, with purple trees and bouquets of live orchids throughout the room. Inspiration was also drawn from Henry Ossawa Tanner's painting Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City on the west wall and the painter's use of real sand for texture.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Red Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Red 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. For 2021, the Red Room paid tribute to the "Gift of Performing Arts" with brass instruments suspended from the mantel and ballet slippers, tap shoes, and musical notes scattered about the tree.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Library
    Ground Floor
    Christmas
    This photograph of 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. The Library was decorated to reflect the "Gift of Learning" in 2021, with stacks of books and butterflies meant to symbolize soaring to new heights and achieving great things.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    Red Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of holiday decor in the Red 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. For 2021, the Red Room paid tribute to the "Gift of Performing Arts" with brass instruments suspended from the mantel, violins (seen here) hung from the window, and ballet slippers, tap shoes, and musical notes scattered about a tree.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    Christmas
    This photograph of the State Dining Room fireplace 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. For 2021, Dr. Biden honored the families that resided in the White House before hers. Photographs of previous first families decorated the two trees in the room, representing the "Gift of Family." Dr. Biden also had six stockings hung from the room's mantel, one for each of President and Dr. Biden's grandchildren.
  • 2021 White House Holiday Decorations
    David Wiegold
    winter holidays
    decorations
    Vermeil Room
    Ground Floor
    Christmas
    This photograph of the Vermeil 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. The decorations in the Vermeil Room for 2021 represented the "Gift of the Visual Arts" with paintbrushes and paint swatches displayed in a variety of vivid hues.