Jill Biden adorns White House with more than 70 Xmas trees, 83K lights

Washington, Nov 28 (EFE).- First lady Jill Biden on Monday began decorating the White House for Christmas, this year’s project having the theme “We the People” and adorning the presidential residence with 77 Christmas trees and more than 83,000 colored lights.

Different rooms of the presidential mansion were festooned for the occasion with decorations set up by 150 volunteers over the past week and which are intended to “capture the spirit embodied in the very idea of America: We the People,” Ms. Biden wrote on Instagram

The White House kicked off the Holiday Season with the traditional bells, stars and cardboard animals, artificial snow and all sorts of other decorations, including a Gingerbread White House.

Ms. Biden selected “We the People” as this year’s slogan, a phrase that comprises the first three words of the Preamble to the US Constitution.

She wanted to devote this year’s decorations in particular to the families of US National Guard troops to provide support for those who represent the “heart” of communities around the country, and she invited members of that reserve military force and their relatives to welcome the holidays.

“As a fellow National Guard mother, Dr. Biden wanted to show appreciation for, and honor, the special role the National Guard plays in serving our country,” the White House said.

Also widely in evidence among the decorations at the White House and in many American homes were traditional gingerbread houses, with the snow-white one of the presidential residence requiring more than 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds) of chocolate and 18 kg (39.6 lb.) of glazed icing.

Echoing the slogan for this year was a giant cookie in the shape of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in the dining room with the slogan “We the Children” and dedicated to all the little ones who each year enjoy and eagerly await Christmas morning.

The first lady urged the public to view Christmas “through the eyes” of children and she referred in particular to the kids of National Guard troops, with whom she chatted on Monday morning to find out their stories and learn how to provide them with better support.

In addition, both Willow and Commander, the Biden family’s cat and dog, respectively, were also in evidence in some of the rooms as cardboard cutouts and illustrations, while other animal figures like the official birds of the 57 US states and territories, along with the District of Columbia, were perched on the huge 18-foot White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.

Along with the physical adornments, the holiday decoration effort featured music by the orchestra that performs when the president welcomes invited guests at state dinners and bill signings.

The orchestra played songs such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the “Nutcracker” ballet, which are among those most often requested by visitors to the White House at this time of year, and the director of the US Marine Band, Jason Fettig, told EFE that the musicians have been rehearsing the numbers for the past two weeks.

With 25 more events on the holiday agenda, the presidential band will enliven the Christmas decorations for all those who visit the White House this December.

The first lady’s press secretary, Vanessa Valdivia, told EFE that they are expecting some 50,000 people to tour the White House this holiday season.



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