A Very White House Christmas

Dr. Munr Kazmir
7 min readDec 26, 2021

The First Family achieved something truly magical with this year’s theme: “Gifts from the Heart.”

White House Christmas 2021. Throughout the East Colonnade, iridescent doves and shooting stars illuminate the hallway, representing the peace and light brought to us all by the service of frontline workers and first responders during the pandemic. December 23, 2021. (photo: White House- GPA Photo Archive)

Gifts of the Heart: Christmas 2021

Though 2021 has been far from the return to normal we’d all hoped, it hasn’t been a complete morass of plague and incivility.

We’re all tired of COVID-19, of variants and restrictions, mandates and closures; non more so than those stout-hearted souls elected by We the People to deal with all this mess.

The holiday season, coming once a year as it does on the heels of the New Year, is as good a time as any to reflect on the many blessings we still have.

In decorating the White House for Christmas this year, the First Family hoped to call to mind precious, intangible gifts neither pandemic, nor economic hardship, nor anxiety for the future can take away.

The gifts of faith and community, family, the performing arts, the visual arts, peace and unity, nature, friendship, learning and most of all, gratitude, are all reflected in this year’s decorations.

Grand Foyer and Cross Hall: The Gift of Faith and Community

White House Christmas 2021. Grand Foyer and Cross Hall — Gift of Faith and Community. December 23, 2021. (photo: White House- GPA Photo Archive)

“With the strength of faith and love of community, we are comforted and reassured that we are never alone,” the White House reminds us in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall.

“Wintry scenes of life within our towns and cities, reflecting the solace of faith, the lasting bonds of community, and the perseverance of the American spirit,” are nestled in the hallway alcoves and displayed on towering Christmas trees.

“Just like the shooting stars in the night sky, we are encouraged by the brightness of tomorrow and the hope it can bring,” the room inspires in a hopeful note.

State Dining Room: The Gift of Family

White House Christmas 2021: State Dining Room. The Gift of Family. December 23, 2021. (photo: White House- GPA Photo Archive)