White House Christmas decorations unveiled by first lady

November 29, 2023

First lady Jill Biden unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations to reporters on Monday with the theme "Magic, Wonder and Joy."

The decor was meant to express the idea of seeing Christmas through a child's eyes, given that they are "completely present in the beauty and bounty around them, their senses alight, with hearts open to the magic, wonder, and joy of the holidays," as Biden said.

All over the White House and its grounds are 98 Christmas trees, almost 34,000 ornaments, 72 wreaths, and about 142,000 holiday lights.

Some of the child-friendly decor includes Santa's Workshop and an homage to the poem "T'was the Night Before Christmas," which was published 200 years ago.

One thing missing from the decorations this year is the stockings hung for the Biden grandchildren and pets on the mantel in the State Dining Room. There was controversy last year when the Bidens did not hang a stocking for their son Hunter Biden's illegitimate child Navy Joan, and their dog Commander had to be sent away this year after repeatedly biting Secret Service agents.

A White House spokesperson said those decorations would be displayed at Camp David this year, where the president and first lady would be spending Christmas Day.