How Jill Biden's White House Christmas Decorations Compare to Melania Trump's

Jill Biden has unveiled her first go at Christmas decorations in the White House as First Lady, with a theme that signals a warmer approach than recent years.

The theme chosen by the first lady this year is titled "Gifts From the Heart," and it features flag-themed stockings and Christmas trees decorated with white doves as well as an arch of red gift boxes.

East Wing communications director Elizabeth Alexander said the theme was selected because the first lady "wanted to focus on things that unite us, that bring us together, and that's a gift," per the Washington Post.

Dr. Biden's office reports that there are 41 Christmas trees throughout the White House this year as well as more than 300 candles and more than 10,000 ornaments

Each room has also been decorated in its own mini-theme, which includes the "Gift of Family" and the "Gift of Service."

"Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity," the first lady wrote on Twitter alongside photos of her work.

This year's decorations represent a return to more traditional approach following Dr. Biden's predecessor, Melania Trump's controversial take on the annual first lady holiday duties.

The former first lady's stint in the White House will forever be associated with her dystopian blood-red Christmas trees in the East Colonnade in 2018 and her infamous hatred of the holiday that was leaked to the world through a secretly recorded phone call.

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Left: Melania Trump receives the White House Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 23, 2020. Right: First lady Jill Biden speaks briefly to reporters as she receives the official White House Christmas Tree on the North Portico of the White House on November 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. The eighteen-foot Fraser fir was grown in North Carolina by Rusty and Beau Estes, winners of the National Christmas Tree Association's 2021 grand championship. NICHOLAS KAMM/Chip Somodevilla/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images
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Holiday decorations are seen at the Center Hall of the White House during a press preview November 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The 2021 White House holidays theme is “Gifts from the Heart.” A variety of interactive viewing experiences will be launched on digital platforms, including Instagram, Google Maps Street View, Snapchat, and others that will allow the public to engage with the White House from home over the course of the holidays. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Dr. Biden's decor this year focuses on family and tradition and includes photos of other first families celebrating the holidays at the White House.

There are also six stockings hanging on the fireplace in the State Dining Room for each Biden grandchild that have been knitted by a Delaware artisan who created the family's own personal Christmas stockings.

These elements provide a stark contrast to the row of bare, white branch clusters, lit from the bottom that Melania Trump installed in 2017.

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More than 40 red topiary trees line the East colonnade as part of the holiday decorations at the White House November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. The 2018 theme of the White House holiday decorations was 'American Treasures,' and featured patriotic displays highlighting the country's 'unique heritage.' Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

All in all, there is also less fake snow and flashing lights, which were favored by Melania Trump as Jill Biden sought to emulate how most families decorate their homes on the holidays.

A statement from the East Wing says Dr. Biden was "inspired by small acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year and throughout the pandemic."

Last week, the first lady took part in the tradition of accepting the official 2021 White House Christmas tree in a move that was widely compared to her predecessor.

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This year’s decorations represent a return to more traditional approach following Dr. Biden’s predecessor, Melania Trump’s controversial take on the annual first lady holiday duties. Getty Images