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Jill Biden Christmas video showcases White House holiday spirit

Jill Biden Christmas video showcases White House holiday spirit Photo: Jill Biden Christmas video showcases tap dancers performing "The Nutcracker" (GettyImages)

First Lady Jill Biden shared a video featuring tap dancers from Dorrance Dance at the White House, decorated for the holidays with this year's theme of "magic, wonder, and joy." The video, showcasing dancers in colorful outfits representing characters from The Nutcracker, garnered mixed reactions, highlighting the ongoing politicization of such events, according to CBS News.

The video, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Josette Wiggan, was posted on various platforms, including Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter), where it received praise and criticism.

On X, the video quickly amassed nearly 3 million views, with some viewers criticizing it as a misuse of tax dollars, a sentiment not shared universally.

"The United States of Bananas," commented one viewer.

"Imagine thinking this gives America the Christmas spirit," another viewer remarked.

"You are so strange. Bizarre. Freaky," commented another.

One comment highlighted Melania Trump's video during Donald Trump's tenure, praising its tasteful, seasonal appeal and breathtaking beauty, starkly contrasting to Biden's, which was described as "utterly tacky, tasteless, and ANTI Christmas."

"Looks like the WH switched from cocaine to acid," quipped a viewer, alluding to an earlier incident involving cocaine at the executive mansion.

Despite the video featuring cheerful dancers in vibrant costumes at the White House, several viewers felt it strayed far from a traditional Christmas theme.

On Instagram, the responses were more varied, with some appreciating the inclusion of American art forms like jazz and tap dance in the White House holiday celebrations.

White House decorating tradition

The tradition of decorating the White House for the holidays and sharing it with the public has been a longstanding practice, with each First Family adding their touch to the festivities.

The White House's first decorated Christmas tree appeared in 1889 during President Benjamin Harrison's term. His grandchildren, Benjamin and Mary McKee, unveiled the tree in the Oval Room, adorned with candles. Stockings were hung, and gifts, candy, and nuts were shared with the family and staff.

This intimate family event evolved into a national tradition, with each White House Christmas tree mirroring the era and the First Family's preferences. In 1895, First Lady Frances Cleveland showcased a "technology savvy" tree with electric lights, while in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy initiated themed Christmas trees, starting with decorations inspired by Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" ballet.

The Bidens' choice of "magic, wonder, and joy" for this year's theme aligns with President Biden's remarks at the National Christmas Tree lighting, emphasizing the importance of rediscovering simple joys, acts of kindness, and strengthening community bonds during the holiday season.

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