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Billy Porter performs during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Billy Porter performs during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Billy Porter performs during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington,  December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden gesture to attendees before the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden gesture to attendees before the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden gesture to attendees before the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Keb' Mo' and Kristin Chenoweth perform during the National Tree Lighting in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Keb' Mo' and Kristin Chenoweth perform during the National Tree Lighting in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Keb' Mo' and Kristin Chenoweth perform during the National Tree Lighting in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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A general view of attendees as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks next to first lady Jill Biden during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A general view of attendees as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks next to first lady Jill Biden during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A general view of attendees as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks next to first lady Jill Biden during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Billy Porter performs during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Billy Porter performs during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Billy Porter performs during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Patti Labelle performs with Howard University Gospel Choir during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Patti Labelle performs with Howard University Gospel Choir during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Patti Labelle performs with Howard University Gospel Choir during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Patti Labelle performs with Howard University Gospel Choir during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Patti Labelle performs with Howard University Gospel Choir during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Patti Labelle performs with Howard University Gospel Choir during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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NPS Ranger Millie Jimenez speaks next to LL Cool J and performer Juanes during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

NPS Ranger Millie Jimenez speaks next to LL Cool J and performer Juanes during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

NPS Ranger Millie Jimenez speaks next to LL Cool J and performer Juanes during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Chris Stapleton and H.E.R perform during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Chris Stapleton and H.E.R perform during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Chris Stapleton and H.E.R perform during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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LL Cool J speaks during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

LL Cool J speaks during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

LL Cool J speaks during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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U.S. President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden and LL Cool J are seen before the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden and LL Cool J are seen before the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden and LL Cool J are seen before the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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U.S. First Lady Jill Biden hosts an event with children as part of the Christmas decoration and holiday reception kickoff at the White House in Washington, , November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden hosts an event with children as part of the Christmas decoration and holiday reception kickoff at the White House in Washington, , November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden hosts an event with children as part of the Christmas decoration and holiday reception kickoff at the White House in Washington, , November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. First Lady Jill Biden reads to children from her book "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops" in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden reads to children from her book "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops" in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden reads to children from her book "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops" in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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PBS television character Daniel Tiger and other characters entertain children during an event hosted by U.S. first lady Jill Biden as part of the Christmas decoration and holiday reception kickoff  in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

PBS television character Daniel Tiger and other characters entertain children during an event hosted by U.S. first lady Jill Biden as part of the Christmas decoration and holiday reception kickoff in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan...more

PBS television character Daniel Tiger and other characters entertain children during an event hosted by U.S. first lady Jill Biden as part of the Christmas decoration and holiday reception kickoff in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Rosita, a character from the children's television series Sesame Street, gestures in front of Abraham Lincoln's portrait, at the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rosita, a character from the children's television series Sesame Street, gestures in front of Abraham Lincoln's portrait, at the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rosita, a character from the children's television series Sesame Street, gestures in front of Abraham Lincoln's portrait, at the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A portrait of former first lady Grace Coolidge overlooks a table set with the Obama china and Christmas decorations in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A portrait of former first lady Grace Coolidge overlooks a table set with the Obama china and Christmas decorations in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A portrait of former first lady Grace Coolidge overlooks a table set with the Obama china and Christmas decorations in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A White House Military Social Aide stands in the Center Hall during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations ahead of holiday receptions in Washington,  November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A White House Military Social Aide stands in the Center Hall during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations ahead of holiday receptions in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A White House Military Social Aide stands in the Center Hall during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations ahead of holiday receptions in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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The official 2021 Gingerbread White House, made from 120 pounds (54 kg) of pastillage, is meant to honor front-line workers including first responders, grocery workers and postal service employees, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The official 2021 Gingerbread White House, made from 120 pounds (54 kg) of pastillage, is meant to honor front-line workers including first responders, grocery workers and postal service employees, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan...more

The official 2021 Gingerbread White House, made from 120 pounds (54 kg) of pastillage, is meant to honor front-line workers including first responders, grocery workers and postal service employees, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Red ribbons and gift boxes decorate the entrance to the East Wing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Red ribbons and gift boxes decorate the entrance to the East Wing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Red ribbons and gift boxes decorate the entrance to the East Wing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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White House Military Social Aide U.S. Army Major Tony Starks stands with the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

White House Military Social Aide U.S. Army Major Tony Starks stands with the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

White House Military Social Aide U.S. Army Major Tony Starks stands with the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Violins decorate a window in the Red Room with a view of the Washington Monument in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Violins decorate a window in the Red Room with a view of the Washington Monument in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Violins decorate a window in the Red Room with a view of the Washington Monument in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Christmas wreaths hang from the facade of the White House in Washington, November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Christmas wreaths hang from the facade of the White House in Washington, November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Christmas wreaths hang from the facade of the White House in Washington, November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in the Grand Foyer in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in the Grand Foyer in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in the Grand Foyer in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Christmas trees in the State Dining Room are decorated with snapshots of U.S. presidents and their families in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with thank-you notes, names blurrred by the White House,  in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with thank-you notes, names blurrred by the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with thank-you notes, names blurrred by the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A portrait of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy hangs outside the Red Room in Washington,  November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A portrait of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy hangs outside the Red Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A portrait of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy hangs outside the Red Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with thank-you notes, names blurrred by the White House,  in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with thank-you notes, names blurrred by the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Christmas tree in the East Room is decorated with thank-you notes, names blurrred by the White House, in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in the Grand Foyer during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in the Grand Foyer during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in the Grand Foyer during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Portraits of former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are seen as members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Portraits of former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are seen as members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Portraits of former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are seen as members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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The official White House Christmas Tree with a theme of the "Gift of Peace and Unity" decorates the Blue Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The official White House Christmas Tree with a theme of the "Gift of Peace and Unity" decorates the Blue Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The official White House Christmas Tree with a theme of the "Gift of Peace and Unity" decorates the Blue Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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The Gold Star Tree, honoring fallen members of the U.S. military, sits in the East Landing in Washington,  November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Gold Star Tree, honoring fallen members of the U.S. military, sits in the East Landing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Gold Star Tree, honoring fallen members of the U.S. military, sits in the East Landing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Paint brushes and swatches decorate the Vermail Room during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Paint brushes and swatches decorate the Vermail Room during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Paint brushes and swatches decorate the Vermail Room during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Oversized ribbons decorate the Library in the East Wing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Oversized ribbons decorate the Library in the East Wing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Oversized ribbons decorate the Library in the East Wing in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A portrait of former first lady Grace Coolidge overlooks a table set with the Obama china in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A portrait of former first lady Grace Coolidge overlooks a table set with the Obama china in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A portrait of former first lady Grace Coolidge overlooks a table set with the Obama china in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A table is set with the Obama china in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A table is set with the Obama china in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A table is set with the Obama china in the China Room in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Red ribbons and gift boxes decorate the entrance to the East Wing during a press tour of White House Christmas Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Red ribbons and gift boxes decorate the entrance to the East Wing during a press tour of White House Christmas Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Red ribbons and gift boxes decorate the entrance to the East Wing during a press tour of White House Christmas Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music at the entrance to the East Wing of the White House  in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music at the entrance to the East Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the U.S. Marine Band play holiday music at the entrance to the East Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House  in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Doves and shooting stars decorate the East Colonnade of the White House in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A replica White House decorates the Booksellers Hall during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A replica White House decorates the Booksellers Hall during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A replica White House decorates the Booksellers Hall during a press tour of White House Christmas decorations in Washington, November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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