First Lady Lou Henry Hoover began the tradition of presidential wives decorating the White House tree with the first “official” White House Christmas tree in 1929. In 1961 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the White House Christmas tree by decorating with a Nutcracker motif. Throughout history the First Ladies have taken the responsibility of decorating the White House for Christmas, each one with different ideas so it is never the same year after year. In 2021 First Lady Jill Biden has made the White House look so festive with her special idea of what Christmas is to her and her husband President Joe Biden. The idea of hanging up decorations in the middle of winter is older than Christmas itself. Decorations are mentioned in ancient descriptions of the Roman feast of Saturnalia, which is thought to have originated in the 5th century BC. In this article we will go over what all our present First Lady has done this Christmas.
Jill Biden White House Decor
A Jill Biden Christmas
The White did its highly awaited unveiling of the Christmas decorations picked by Jill Biden herself. The theme she went with was “things that unite and heal, and bring us together’ Which is very fitting for the United States of America and all we have endured over the last couple of years due to the pandemic. Her decorations definitely give us a sense of hope and peace when we first got a glance at them. The planning for this began in the early summer. This takes a lot of planning and help from others to make it all come together nicely and to represent the vision of the First Lady. Each room has a different theme, these rooms unfortunately have had to remain closed due to the pandemic. Each room none the less has a different vision that represent what she was aiming for. The Library Room, with decorations of butterflies, reflects the “gift of learning,” while the Vermeil Room notes the “gift of the visual arts” with Christmas wreaths made of paint-dipped paintbrushes and a tree of Pantone color sample ornaments. In the well known China Room she made the choice to set the table as what is referred to as “Nana style” According to CNN politics it is one of President Biden’s favorite dinner set themes. The center pieces are candles and flowers, the tree has a theme of “gift of friendship and caring” The ornaments are paper hands which form circles and stars are hung as well, this was all the First lady’s idea. Leading on into the state dining room the tree and room are covered in pictures of all the White House families throughout history, which is nicely done.
Capitol Tours Express; White House Christmas
Capitol Tours Express is located right where you can get a nice view of the White House and see from the outside some of the amazing one of a kind decorations. Decorating the White house takes 100s of man hours and lots of thinking on the part of all those involved. If Capitol Express knows anything it is there way around Washington DC during the busy seasons and they will be able to share insider knowledge as they are all locals that are on the staff. If you are planning a visit to the Nations Capital be sure to book a guided tour with Capitol Express to ensure that you get the full experience and all the details you are itching to learn about! Booking a guided tour will not only save you time it will save your sanity during the busy months!