The White House Has Unveiled Its 2022 Christmas Decorations

published Dec 10, 2022
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Homes around the world are decked out for the holiday season, and the White House is no exception. This week, the Executive Mansion offered a peek at its festive decorations, which are unsurprisingly stunning.

The White House’s 2022 holiday decorating theme is “We the People,” which centers around unity and togetherness. This year’s decorations include 25 wreaths, 77 Christmas trees, and more than 83,000 lights.

“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,” President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden wrote in the 2022 White House Holiday Visitors’ Guide

Can’t make a journey to the White House in time to see its December decorations for yourself? No problem! Its official website offers an extensive virtual tour of each room’s homey holiday decor, courtesy of Google Arts and Culture.

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Of course, the White House’s Christmas official tree is always a topic of conversation. This year, it’s an 18-and-a-half-foot fir tree that stretches to the ceiling of the Blue Room. It’s adorned with handmade birds from all 50 U.S. states, as well as the nation’s six territories and D.C. Visitors will also encounter Gold Star Trees, which are adorned with ornaments that are inscribed with the names of fallen service members.

Befitting this year’s theme, another 2022 highlight is the “We the Children” display in the State Dining Room, which features self-portraits created by students of 2021 Teachers of the Year from across the nation. Meanwhile, red-and-white stockings featuring the names of the Biden grandchildren hang from the mantel.

And of course, the official 2022 Gingerbread White House also sits within the dining room. This year, it features a sugar cookie replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed.
You can explore the full White House virtual holiday tour here.