Highlights of this year’s exhibit – coming during a global pandemic – include a tribute to essential Red Room workers, including a lighted ceramic post office and a tree with ornaments celebrating frontline workers , including a garbage truck, scientist, caregiver, lab coat and nurse’s hat.
“We salute America’s everyday heroes who serve as first responders and frontline workers. The handmade ornaments showcase the many professionals and volunteers who serve their communities with a spirit of generosity,” according to the office of first lady Melania Trump.
This year there are 106 wreaths, 62 trees, more than 1,200 feet of garland, more than 3,200 lights, more than 17,000 arches and more than 150 types of foliage and flowers, according to the first lady’s office.
“Ms. Trump has personally selected every detail of the White House holiday season, celebrating this land we are all proud to call home,” the first lady’s office said.
Considerable thought and detail has been put into the Americana decorations.
In addition to honoring frontline workers, there is a Kennedy-themed tree in the Vermeil Room, with adornments depicting an iconic portrait of President John F. Kennedy and sailboats. The tree sits next to the portrait of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
“To preserve the White House for the American people, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy established the ‘House of the People’ as a living museum and laid the groundwork for expanding the diversity of the collection. Sharing this love for the arts and culture, President John F. Kennedy’s official portrait is featured on graceful trees, ”Melania Trump’s office said.
A tree in the library marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a base featuring images of women’s suffrage designed by children in a Trump-led artwork competition. Another tree in this room features women who were “pioneers for gender equality,” the first lady’s office said, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe and aviator Harriet Quimby.
The official tree, an 18.5-foot Fraser fir from West Virginia welcomed by the first lady last week, is decorated in the Blue Room with ornaments of artwork from children of the country.
The rose garden is presented with the White House Gingerbread for the first time this year, by the East Wing.
The East Room features planes, trains and automobiles, with planes and spaceships hanging from the greenery reflected in a large mirror and a “White House Express” train.
And this year the China Room offers a warm cuisine with cookies and pastries on a dining table, stockings embroidered with “POTUS”, “FLOTUS” and “Barron” hanging from a fireplace mantle.