The White House is decorated for the holidays and Jill Biden is showing the place off to the press and then to visitors today. Every first lady does this and everyone ohs and ahs over it except when the previous first lady was in charge of the production. The haters loved to hate Melania’s style of decorating for the holidays.
Can Melania come back and decorate the White House again? Jill’s look so ordinary and vanilla after the dramatic flair Melania showed in her decorating themes. What better time to go a little overboard then when decorating for the holidays? Visit any neighborhood and you’ll find one, maybe two, houses on a block that look like their owners have lost their minds over decorations. It’s fun. It’s Christmas. Democrats are back in charge so the decorations look ok but nothing to get excited about.
The holidays have arrived!🎄 pic.twitter.com/78XnLZ1Ms7
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2022
An interesting tidbit I read was that two of Jill’s sisters were a part of the volunteers that decorated the White House over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Jill and the rest of the Bidens were vacationing at a billionaire’s estate on Nantucket while two of her sisters were busy doing some decorating at the White House. Seems a little Cinderella-ish, right? Oh well.
The holiday theme is “We the People”. More than 150 volunteers from around the country decorated the White House with 25 wreaths, 77 Christmas trees and over 83,615 holiday lights. Jill’s speech as she opened up the White House for visitors to see the decorations focused on her holiday message of unity and hope. She thanked the volunteers.
“Over the last two years, I’ve traveled to almost 40 states — to rural counties and big cities. Again and again, the Americans I’ve met have shown me the Soul of our Nation,” the first lady said Monday in prepared remarks for the event at the White House in Washington, D.C. “I’ve seen it everywhere I’ve gone: When our country comes together, we are stronger. What we share is so much greater than the things that pull us apart. The Soul of our Nation is — and always has been — ‘We the People.’ And that is what inspired this year’s White House holiday decorations.”
Each room of the White House was decorated to “represent what brings us together during the holidays and throughout the year,” according to Biden.
Rich, eh? Jill Biden lecturing everyone about unity and coming together when she and her husband have trashed half of the population at every political opportunity in their speeches. Perhaps she will receive a mirror this Christmas.
Jill Biden does not have a Ph.D. but an Ed.D., which is considered a lesser degree. For whatever reason, the glowing report written by ABC News on this event made sure to remind its readers that Jill “holds a doctorate in education” and will participate in a roundtable discussion on education for children in military families in the National Guard. That led into a description of decorating to include Guardsmen and women.
“We wanted them to be a part of this special day because they represent the heart of our communities — men and women who choose to serve even as they pursue other careers, who answer the call of duty in our hometowns as quickly as disasters strike and needs arise,” Biden said. “Though our nation relies on their courage, the service of our Guardsmen and women, and of their families, often goes unseen — especially children of National Guard members.”
“As a fellow National Guard mom and grandmom, I wanted to welcome National Guard families to help us open this holiday season as my honored guests. Your service is the embodiment of We the People,” she added.
Whenever I hear her or her husband talk about Gold Star families, I wonder if they include themselves in that group. I think Joe truly thinks he is a Gold Star father because his son, Beau, served in Iraq before dying of brain cancer. I don’t think they understand the distinction. Is one of the Biden’s grandchildren a member of the National Guard? It’s easy to be confused listening to either her or him.
“The Gold Star trees honor and remember those who laid down their lives for our country, and the families who carry on their legacies,” she said. “In the Library, we celebrate how the stories we share bring us closer to each other, our history, and the world around us. In the Vermeil Room, we honor how the smallest acts of kindness and appreciation really do matter. In the China Room, we remember family traditions passed down and dinner tables full of laughter.”
“In the East Room, we highlight the national treasures that belong to us all — our National Parks — and the communion we find in nature,” she continued. “In the Green Room, bells of all kinds remind us of the healing and unifying power of music. In the Red Room, we know that in times of both joy and grief, faith can light the way. In the State Dining Room, we honor the promise of the next generation and see the holidays through the eyes of children. And in the Blue Room, the official birds of all 57 states and territories — and our Nation’s Capital — are all woven together to transform the 18-foot Christmas Tree into a stunning symbol of unity.”
About 50,000 visitors are expected at the White House this holiday season. French President Macron and his wife will visit later this week and be honored with the Biden’s first state dinner.
As our country gathers for the holidays, traditions may vary, but our shared American values — a belief in possibility, optimism, and unity — endure each season.
Room by room, visitors will be reminded of what brings us together during the holidays, and throughout the year. pic.twitter.com/IpQ9rUc2F4
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2022
Bring back the cranberry trees!