WALDORF, Md. — As First Lady Jill Biden unveiled for this year’s White House Christmas decorations, said to be inspired by people Jill and Joe met throughout the country this year on Nov. 29, she invited the second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary in Waldorf, Maryland to join.

“The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace,” the Bidens wrote in a commemorative 2021 White House holiday guidebook. “These are the gifts that tie together the heartstrings of our lives. These are the gifts from the heart.”

This year’s theme for the decorations was “Gifts from the Heart” to honor frontline workers.




Additionally, the second grade class from Malcolm Elementary attended a puppet show, and they got to meet the characters Martin and Chris Kratt from the PBS Kids Show “Wild Kratts.” Before the puppet show, they were treated to a reading by First Lady Biden from her book about military families.

Although the First Lady and her family opened up their home for the second graders, the White House is expecting less traffic this holiday season because of COVID-19. However, you can see videos, photos, and details of the decorations by clicking here.

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