- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 3:30PM
The White House has decked the halls for the holidays!
Revealing this year's Christmas decorations, themed around the "magic, wonder and joy" of the festive season, First Lady Jill Biden unveiled the impressive display.
"Each room on display is designed to capture the pure, unfiltered delight and imagination of our childhoods, to see this time of year through the wondrous, sparkling eyes of children,” she said.
The decorations feature many nods to the 200th anniversary of the 1823 poem and book "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," according to the Associated Press.
"The 2023 White House holiday theme is inspired by how children experience this festive season: completely present in the beauty and bounty around them, their senses alight, with hearts open to the magic, wonder, and joy of the holidays,” President Joe Biden and first lady wrote in a welcome letter at the beginning of the commemorative 2023 White House Holiday Guide.
Adding, "In this season of reflection and goodwill, we hope you will embrace your inner child and delight in simply being present with those you love."
More than 300 designers and decorators volunteered to spend a week transforming the White House with 98 Christmas trees, more than 142,000 lights and nearly 34,000 ornaments on display!
The Gingerbread White House alone includes 40 sheets of sugar cookie dough, 40 sheets of gingerbread dough, 40kgs of pastillage (a quick-drying edible paste), 13.6 kgs of chocolate and 22 kgs of icing.
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