Four years ago, Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations were the subject of an unfounded critique and aesthetic analysis. It’s now the turn of First Lady Jill Biden, but where are all the critics?
Melania Trump was stereotyped as a joyless Eastern European woman who hates Christmas frills. They took advantage of Melania Trump’s winter white decorations in the East Wing in 2017. One year later, the haters tried it again when Mrs. Trump revealed beautiful red trees in the East Collonade at the White House.
The White House Christmas decorations were Mrs. Trump’s most successful year, with 2019 and 2020 being her best years. For the millions of Americans who will not see the White House up-close-and-personal, photos are everything. With their shining lights and emphasis on American architecture, these two years struck the perfect balance between Mrs. Bush’s traditional style and Mrs. Obama’s modernist approach.
This brings us to Jill Biden’s Christmas decorations, which she unveiled this week and described in a speech. The most disappointing thing about this year’s decorations is the fact that Mrs. Biden didn’t take any photos or release a video of her finishing them up.
Each year, Mrs. Trump would release videos and later photos of her walking through the White House halls in admiration for the work of the residence’s designers.
The East Collonade and entrance to the West Wing are Mrs. Biden’s most striking decorations. These decorations look childish and cartoonish, almost as if they were designed by a child. According to Mrs. Biden, the stars represent “frontline workers” or some other thing. Now that we are in the second year of the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, can COVID-19 be left out of the décor? It’s exhausting.
An oversized Dr. Seuss is found at the East Wing’s entrance. (Did they cancel him?) To create an archway around the doors, Christmas presents are stacked. The screaming red color is separated from the rest of the White House decor. Additionally, the bow at the top of the arch is wrinkled.
It’s hard to ruin Christmas. Christmas is all about glamour, glitter, grandeur, and grandeur, especially with the White House as the backdrop. Even though some rooms may seem a little drab, others are beautiful.
Striped stockings are hanging from the mantle at the center of the trees. It’s the picturesque traditional/contemporary balance, that is particularly lacking in many other rooms, which makes this display simply the best of them all.