29 February 2024,   12:12
Over 300 volunteers decorated the White House, which has 98 Christmas trees, 72 classic wreaths and more than 140,000 holiday lights

The First Lady of the US Jill Biden unveiled the holiday decor and announced this season’s theme is “Magic, Wonder, and Joy”, which was inspired by how children experience the holidays.

“Each room is designed to capture this pure, unfiltered delight and imagination -- to see this season, this time of year through the wondrous, sparkling eyes of children”, she said.

Biden detailed the festive decor that visitors will see as they travel throughout the White House, which includes 98 Christmas trees, 72 classic wreaths and more than 140,000 holiday lights. The decor celebrates the 200th anniversary of the classic tale “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

The first lady invited National Guard families to be the first members of the public to take in the sights. Before the unveiling of the decor, Biden hosted a round table discussion with National Guard families, her office said. In the White House’s many rooms, visitors will find floating sweet treats, Santa Claus riding his sleigh and the 2023 White House gingerbread house, she said.

This year’s annual gingerbread house was created using 40 sheets of cookie and gingerbread dough, 90 pounds of pastillage, 30 pounds of chocolate and 50 pounds of royal icing, the first lady"s office said.