You weren’t the only one who spent Thanksgiving weekend selecting the perfect Christmas tree, pulling decorations out of storage, and, yes, decking the halls with boughs of holly. This morning, Dr. Jill Biden took to Instagram to share White House’s 2022 Christmas decorations with her 4.3 million followers. Admittedly, decorating the 54,900-square-foot landmark is no easy feat, but the First Lady didn’t have to look far for inspiration. With the theme of “We the People”—yes, the first three words in the Constitution’s Preamble—this year’s motif emphasizes the power of community.

“As our country gathers for the holidays, traditions may vary, but our shared American values — a belief in possibility, optimism, and unity — endure season after season,” Dr. Biden and the President wrote in this year’s commemorative White House Visitor Guide.

With 77 trees, over 83,615 lights, and plenty of sentimental touches, the White House is equal parts unifying and illuminating. Read on for an up-close-and-personal look at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’s festive fripperies.

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The first family honors those who came before us with its “We the People” signage in the East Wing. While the lobby is dotted with red cardinals to represent the presence of loved ones who have passed away, the bell embellishments in the entryway symbolize music’s healing power.

The President doesn’t have to go far to walk in a winter wonderland. Miniature trees, handmade woodland animals, and glowing lanterns create the illusion of a snow-flocked forest in the East Colonnade.

With a portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt—and thoughtful touches that pay homage to the country’s national parks—the East Room acts as a seasonal call to the wild.

Music makes a reprise in the Green Room, which is swathed with jingle bells, hand bells, and sleigh bells. The perfect place to break out some beloved Christmas carols.

Kindness and gratitude are at the forefront of the White House’s Vermeil Room. The gilded room is peppered with boxes from Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that delivers care packages to first responders, troops, and military families. And, if you look closely, you’ll notice sweet cameos of the family’s two dogs, Commander and Willow.

Each of the ornaments seen here is inscribed with the name of a fallen service member. From soldiers who died in combat to those who are Missing in Action, the Gold Star Trees honor our troops’ acts of heroism.

While the East Wing honors America’s ancestors, the State Dining Room honors the country’s future with its “We the Children” theme. Childhood wonder abounds with a hearth lined with stockings and portrait of the First Dog, Commander. Meanwhile, the tree’s ornaments are self-portraits by the students of the 2021 Teachers of the Year.

The Red Room evokes a sense of serenity with stained glass windows, moody candlelight, a sprinkling of cranberries, and pops of orchids, which happens to be Dr. Biden’s favorite flower.

If you want to give your holiday decor a savory spin, look to the White House’s China Room. Not only are the trees adorned with upscale plates, but the fireplace mantel is covered in wooden spoons, measuring cups, and other culinary essentials.

Though the White House is filled with 77 trees, the 18.5-foot Concolor Fir in the Blue Room is the main attraction. Hailing from Auburn, Pennsylvania, this tree is so large that the chandelier needed to be removed to accommodate its height!


2022 White House Gingerbread Houses

Of course, no holiday home is complete without some sweet treats! A sugary replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia sits next to the gingerbread White House, providing a sweet bite of American history.

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