Fans of Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are revelling in anticipation as HGTV’s White House Christmas 2021 looms – or rather, shines in tinselled luminescence – just round the corner. When will it air? What will viewers see? When will the White House Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony take place this year? These and more: Welcome to a White House White Christmas, with HGTV.
When to watch HGTV’s White House Christmas 2021
This year, HGTV will take viewers on a magical journey through 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, aka the White House. The date? December 12.
The hour-long special will air at 6pm ET/PT – that’s 3pm on the West Coast, 4pm MT or 5pm CT – on (you guessed it) HGTV. Last year, it aired on December 13.
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The 99th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place 10 days earlier, on Thursday, December 2, 2021, on The Ellipse in President’s Park, south of the White House. LL Cool J will host.
What can viewers expect to see during this year’s HGTV White House Christmas?
Before you scoff at the notion that a gingerbread creation can be “epic”, know that it’s a tradition that goes back decades. To the 1960s, in fact.
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“Displayed on a 1902 mahogany eagle console table in front of a gilded pier mirror in the State Dining Room,” write William Bushong and John Botello for The White House Historical Association, “the official gingerbread house became an annual Christmas tradition during the Nixon administration.”
In 1993, pastry chef Roland Mesnier created a “nearly 100-pound” gingerbread house replica of the White House – to scale. Over time, he expanded the original concept to encompass “a college of five gingerbread houses”.
How different is this year’s White House Christmas likely to be from last year’s?
First Lady Jill Biden’s response to White House Christmas has already prompted comparisons to Melania Trump’s.
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The former First Lady’s last duties during the Trump Administration were Christmas-related. She oversaw the holiday decorations in 2020 before exiting the White House shortly afterwards.
A former aide apparently recorded her saying, “Who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right? Correct?”
Jill Biden’s response chimes with a more traditional view of the festivities. As someone would put it, “a normal, happy Christmas returns to the White House” in 2021.
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