First lady Jill Biden on Monday welcomed the official 2021 White House Christmas tree as she prepares to turn the people’s house into a winter wonderland.
The first lady was seen in the driveway of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. wearing a bright, red coat as she inspected the 18-and-a-half-foot Fraser fir hails from Peak Farms of Jefferson, North Carolina. The majestic tree stood atop a carriage led by jingle bell-bedecked horses.
"Every year, the room's chandelier is removed to accommodate the Christmas tree's full height," the office of the first lady noted in a statement.
This holiday welcoming tradition usually marks the kickoff of the White House's annual holiday festivities and it has been a tradition since 1966. The tree is typically placed in the White House's oval-shaped Blue Room and decorated with a theme that is unveiled to the public after Thanksgiving.
Biden was seen smelling the tree and snapping off a sprig to hand to her grandson Beau, who was being held by his father Hunter Biden.
She then invited the Estes family, which provided the tree after winning the National Christmas Tree Contest for their third year, and the Harrell Family to mark the occasion, to represent and honor the families of active National Guard members, who are spending the holidays apart this year, ABC News noted.
This administration’s holiday kick-off already stands in sharp contrast from the previous administration.
Former first lady Melania Trump was known for disliking the process of embellishing the White House for the holidays. Her decorations were often described as "dark" and “dystopian.”
Trump drew attention in 2020 in tapes that revealed her thoughts about holiday decorations. "I'm working ... my a-- off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f--- about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?" she said in the tapes, which were secretly recorded in the summer of 2018 by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a friend and senior adviser to the former first lady.
Many Americans have been pointing out the shift in decoration and their joy for the reappearance of a more traditional White House holiday decoration.