Christmas at the Whitehouse: The 2020 White House Advent Calendar

As the First Family is celebrating their fourth Christmas in the White House, First Lady Melania Trump has chosen to pay tribute to the natural wonders of the United States through this year’s decorations.  With the theme, “America the Beautiful,” the decorations celebrate the beauty of the United States and true American spirit.

Learn about the rich history and traditions of Christmas at the White House through the virtual White House Christmas Advent Calendar. Starting the first day of December until Christmas Eve, the calendar reveals a new photo, or historical fact every day. The calendar begins December 1st, which started the month highlighting the significance of the official White House Christmas Tree.

This year, that tree is decorated by students from across the nation, with ornaments that artistically depict the people, places, and things that capture the spirit of their home states. And just down the hall, the Red Room offers a striking departure from the 2020 theme in its salute to the courage of first responders and frontline workers. A Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments honor the everyday heroes who keep our communities safe—first responders, frontline medical workers, and others. It displays ornaments such as a mini-hospital, a tiny garbage truck, a nurse’s hat and a lab coat. And the room’s mantelpiece features a striking scene with a hospital, firehouse and other buildings associated with the first responders to the coronavirus crisis.  More than 3,200 strands of lights and over 17,000 bows were tied as part of this year’s display!”

Visit the link every day for a new fact about the White House’s Christmas celebrations of past and present! And, click here to learn more about all of the decorations on display this year at the White House.