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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."