In a heartwarming display of holiday spirit, Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, unveiled the enchanting theme for the 2023 White House festivities. 

This year’s theme is “Magic, Wonder, and Joy of the Season,” and it was revealed at an event in Washington, D.C., on November 27. The theme draws inspiration from children’s unbridled excitement and imagination.

Dr. Biden recounted a poignant story to set the stage for the magical theme. Several years ago, renowned violinist Joshua Bell played at a bustling Metro station during the morning rush hour. Hundreds of commuters hurried past, absorbed in the busyness of their daily lives, seemingly oblivious to the beautiful music floating around them. 

However, one group consistently noticed—the children. Unbound by time, children were captivated, arching their necks in surprise and delight at the music that adults were too preoccupied to appreciate fully.

This childlike marvel and awe serve as the driving force behind this year’s holiday theme. Each room in the White House is designed to capture the pure, unfiltered delight and imagination seen through children’s wondrous, sparkling eyes.

As guests enter the East Wing, they are greeted by a stunning Christmas tree that pierces through the facade, adorned with gold star ornaments engraved with the names of fallen service members. This Gold Star Tree is an emotional tribute to the heroic men and women of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Throughout the White House, each room showcases a unique aspect of the holiday season. The Blue Room features the official White House Christmas tree, with a vintage passenger train weaving around its base, ready to captivate the imaginations of visiting children. 

The Vermeil Room celebrates the joy of music and merriment during the holidays, and the China Room now has a sweet shop with baking ingredients and cooking supplies reminiscent of familiar recipes that bring generations of families together.

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In the State Dining Room, the holidays’ magic, wonder, and joy come together in a recreation of Santa’s workshop, providing a whimsical and festive atmosphere. Additionally, the official White House menorah, created by White House carpenters using reclaimed wood from beams renovated by President Truman over 70 years ago, is a must-see.

Dr. Biden also acknowledged the hard work of the hundreds of volunteer decorators and designers who brought the holiday spirit to life. The ornaments in the Red Room, honoring military families, were made from handprints and family portraits of military-connected children, further emphasizing the theme of unity and appreciation for those who serve the nation.

The comments on the CBS News upload of the video are extremely positive. 

“Such class. So proud of our First Lady.Thank you, Jill Biden, for the beautifully decorated White House. It is truly decorated with warmth, happiness, Christmas Spirit, and a welcoming atmosphere. Thank you for all you do and recognize. Wishing the Biden Family a very Merry Christmas.” said one commenter, and others joined in the festive mood, wishing the Biden family all the best.

Others are also extremely happy with the way our First Lady carries herself, with one saying: “THIS is the class a First Lady should strive for. Thank you for bringing beauty and class back to The Whitehouse!”

There are many more rooms with specific themes mentioned in her speech, and the President and First Lady also released a statement in which they further explained the theme.

“The 2023 White House holiday theme is inspired by how children experience this festive season: completely present in the beauty and bounty around them, their senses alight, with hearts open to the magic, wonder, and joy of the holidays,” they wrote in a welcome letter at the start of the commemorative 2023 White House Holiday Guide.

 They added: “In this season of reflection and goodwill, we hope you will embrace your inner child and delight in simply being present with those you love.”

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Over 300 decorators and designers worked for an entire week to transform the White House, and altogether, the decorations are made up of almost 100 Christmas Trees, 142,000 lights, and nearly 34,000 ornaments.

In her heartfelt speech, Dr. Biden emphasized the importance of the holiday season as a time for reflection, gratitude, and being fully present with friends and family. She expressed her sincere appreciation for the volunteers and correspondents who work tirelessly throughout the year to connect with the American people.

Amidst the challenges of the world, Dr. Biden encouraged everyone to find solace in the “Magic, Wonder, and Joy of the Season” and highlighted the resilience and wisdom that children can teach us if we are wise enough to listen. 

The First Lady closed her speech by extending warm wishes to all from the Biden family for a merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season.

In a world that often feels tumultuous, nowadays more so than in recent times, Dr. Jill Biden’s message should resonate with everyone. It reminds us all to embrace the holiday season with the innocence and joy of a child, fostering hope and healing for the days ahead.

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