Hollywood Should not be Idolized: People should stop idolizing and fixating on celebrities.

I know the Will Smith and Chris Rock moment has passed, but this pop culture moment that had all of social media talking reminded me of a very important concept; we should not idolize celebrities.

As social media has grown and fan bases grow, celebrities are gaining an almost cult-like following with the way their fans obsess and fixate on them. While surfing on social media, I find fan pages, meme accounts and fan fiction about X celebrity and what could happen to them with this extremely specific scenario.

Some fan bases become so obsessed and fixated on a particular individual that they start insulting and terrorizing another celebrity. Rachel DeSantis, of People Magazine, explained how Joshua Bassett, the star of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, expressed that he was receiving hate from Olivia Rodrigo, who stars in the show alongside Basset.  The two had a romantic relationship, but it did not work out. Rodrigo’s hit song, Drivers License,  is rumored to have been written about Basset and their breakup.  Since the release of this song, Basset has been receiving serious amounts of hate and threats from Rodrigo’s fan base. 

Thus, we have a group of people, who idolize one person significantly, so they decide to verbally attack another individual. The Basset and Rodrigo scandal is just one of the more recent examples. 

When people become fixated on celebrities, they start to pick up on their lifestyles and agree with everything they speak. They soak up the words of celebrities and become influenced by their daily lives. Instagram and TikTok pages are created in their name, and people begin comparing themselves to these celebrities.  This creates communities that essentially view X celebrity as a god. 

Now, I don’t think being a fan of celebrities is necessarily a bad thing.  I think people need to be aware of just how much they grow to appreciate and view a celebrity.   

Celebrities are no better than any regular person walking on the street.  They mess up, they stumble and they certainly are not the golden girl or boy. Throughout the media, we see celebrities who go off on the deep end. Just think of Robert Downey Jr., Justin Beiber, Demi Lovato and Lindsey Lohan. 

These are people who made it in Hollywood, got caught up in bad behaviors and choices, and set their life off track for a couple of years.  Why? Well, I have a guess that the money and power got to their heads.  These specific individuals did eventually get their lives turned around, but they are reminders that we should not follow in celebrities footsteps.

Let’s turn back to the Smith-Rock moment.  Here we have two men, who have fame and power, and one says a lousy joke insulting the other’s wife and the other responds with violence. Two bad choices. 

As “normal” people, I think we should stop putting celebrities on pedestals and viewing them as greater than ourselves. It can cause us to do horrible things to other people, and they are just as sinful as the rest of us.

Instead, we should focus that energy on our loved ones, being respectful and closing the gap with those in our community; not lifting up Harry Styles or Taylor Swift as these magnificent beings. They make great music, but I really don’t care what they do in their personal lives. 

Sources: People

Pie a Professor: Students are setting up a “pie a professor” fundraiser to raise money for IJM.

Starting April 4 through April 6, students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite professor to get pied in the face. A group of students are hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the EU chapter of the International Justice Mission. The fundraiser is being run by Jayme Fisher, Keilah Cook, Melody Sweeney, Will Cunningham and Camryn Mcwilliams.

According to IJM president Gracie McBride, “Eastern’s chapter of IJM works to support International Justice Mission’s global work against human trafficking through prayer, education, and financial support. IJM’s mission is to protect people in poverty from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.” All the funds raised will go directly to support Eastern’s IJM chapter.  

During the first week of April, specifically April 4, 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., students will be able to vote for a professor they would like to see pied in the face.  The students running the fundraiser have reached out to professors across campus to participate.  Thus, there is a list of candidates (i.e. professors) that students will be able to choose. If the professor’s name is not listed, then students cannot vote for that individual. The top three professors with the most votes will be pied in the face at the end of the week.

There will be a table located in Walton lobby staffed with students, so others can vote. The voting system will be $1 a vote.  Students can vote for a professor any number of times as long as they pay the fee. Thus, if a student wants to vote for a professor five times, then they can donate $5. 

At the end of the three day period, Fisher, Cook, Sweeney, Cunningham and Mcwilliams will tally the votes. On Monday, April 11, the three professors who received the most votes will be pied on the face. 

If students wish to watch their favorite professor get pied in the face, the main pie event will be located at the Walton Patio on April 11 at 3 p.m. 

A Call for Servant Leadership: A good leader leads by their actions, not their voice.

What is a leader and what are the expectations of a leader? Is it someone who provides structure and guidance? Do leaders listen to their subordinates’ concerns? Do they do the task at hand and lead by example? These are all important qualities of a leader, but is it possible to achieve all of these? It feels like an intense  and unrealistic expectation. 

But isn’t that the whole point? Being a leader is a demanding responsibility. People look up to leaders and aspire to be like them.  Leaders are put into positions because they understand the group’s goals, they are exceptional in lower positions or they have excellent action-plan skills.  It is supposed to be challenging to be a leader.  It is not supposed to be a “cakewalk.” It is supposed to be hard and demanding.  

But why mention leadership and the qualities of a leader? Since the rise of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, I have been amazed by Ukraine’s president – Volydymyr Zelensky.  The New Yorker reported that prior to the start of the Russian invasion, critics around the world were not confident in Zelensky.  Critics did not think Zelensky was going to be able to stand up against Russia. 

Some of these criticisms are mostly due to the fact that Zelensky is not a career politician.  The New York Times wrote that Zelensky, prior to being elected president, played a president on a comedy show that mocked politicians. However, after one of the comments he made on his show, Ukranians immediately started to favor Zelensky. Before he knew it, Zelensky was President Zelensky. 

During the early stages of the Russian invasion, many media outlets reported that Zelensky had fled Ukraine. However, Zelensky quickly combated these reports and released a video where he shares that he will fight for Ukraine, not flee it.  

In this video, Zelensky’s eyes are bloodshot and he looks exhausted. Zelensky, despite being warned to flee and let his military handle the invasion themselves, stayed in his country to fight. Zelensky is leading by wearing his military’s uniform and fighting the Russian troops. I find this remarkable. 

A president of a country, getting his hands dirty, risking his life to fight for his people.  This is a leader.  Leader’s inspire their followers by doing the task. They bring motivation, direction and morale. A good leader, no, a fantastic leader, is a servant leader.  Servant leaders say, “do as I do.” and lead by example.  

And, this idea, this concept of servant leadership, is biblical.  Jesus was the servant leader.  He never distributed directions and then sat on the side to watch.  He got his hands dirty and led by example. Jesus not only called us to be better individuals, but his actions showed us how to live it out.

He calls us to deny ourselves, love others and to walk humbly.  Jesus’s ultimate act of leadership was when he sacrificed his life and died for all of us. Leader’s do not just say, they do

Martin Luther King is another example of servant leadership.  He called out injustices and his actions showed others how to be fair.  In fact, MLK took the teachings of Jesus and applied them to his fight for equality. He taught that we ought to love our neighbors and our enemies.  Despite experiencing animosity and hatred, MLK continued to love those that opposed him. By doing this, he led his followers to love others too. 

But why share about these three servant leaders? Servant leaders are needed now more than ever.  In a time where people are divided and unwilling to waiver, we need individuals to step up and close the gap.  Jesus, Zelenky and MLK are some examples of individuals putting themselves aside and serving others.  

Jesus inspired a revolution, MLK shook the status quo and Zelensky is fighting for his country. Being a leader is not supposed to be easy.  The things these men have done are nowhere near easy.  Jesus took the death penalty so all of us could live. That alone should encourage us to stand up and continue Jesus’ message. 

Today, let’s stand up and put the differences aside.  Let’s turn the other cheek and work on loving our neighbor.  Because for one thing, if everyone works on denying themselves and serving their neighbor, there would be a lot less violence and a whole lot more peace.  It is a big ask, maybe even an impossible one.  But if you can, take the initiative and lead by example.  You will make a much stronger impression than if you sit back and remain silent.

Sources: The New York, The New York Times

Counterpoint: Hydro Flask’s water bottles are not as extravagant as some may believe.

It has come to my attention that people are arguing that Hydro Flasks are the best water bottles.  However, I am writing this to tell you that that is incorrect.  First of all, Hydro Flasks became popular through the VSCO girl movement.  The VSCO girl movement refers to oversized t-shirts and short shorts wearing scrunchie loving girls.  In addition, these girls love stickers, Birkenstocks and saying, “Sks sks sks.” This saying supposedly refers to saying the end of the word flask pronounced loudly and obnoxiously.   

Now, I am not attacking VSCO girl’s themselves. I myself have VSCO girl-like traits.  I wear Birkenstocks almost everyday of the summer, I live in oversized t-shirts and I have what they call, “an emotional support water bottle.” 

But, my emotional support water bottle is not a Hydro Flask.  It is, in fact, a Yeti water bottle. I hold this water bottle near and dear to my heart.  It is durable, classy and keeps my beverages cold for days.  Yeti’s website explains how each beverage holder, whether it is a water bottle, a jug or a tumbler, will keep beverages hot or cold for at least three days. That cannot be beat. 

Hydro Flask’s bottles keep water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.  That is a drastic difference compared to the Yeti bottle.  Yeti’s vacuum seal technology prevents cold beverages from losing their chill for up to three days. Not only that, but Yeti’s bottles are dishwasher safe, which is a rare feature in today’s water bottle industry. Thus, one reason everyone should ditch the Hydro Flask for the Yeti is because of the duration Yeti keeps beverages hot or cold.  

However, this is not the only reason. When I was a lifeguard in high school, it was rare to see a lifeguard without a water bottle. Since we are required to be watching a pool for a specific amount of time, we could not walk away to grab a sip of water.  Instead, we had to carry our water bottle with us as we would go about our rotations. 

During my time as a lifeguard, I learned that Hydro Flasks can get dents in them extremely easily.  For example, my coworker Jocelyn owned a Hydro Flask.  While she was watching her designated pool, she accidentally kicked her water bottle off the stand and onto the pool deck. (It is important to keep in mind that this lifeguard stand was six to seven feet off the ground and the pool deck was made of concrete.) The bottom portion of her water bottle had dents all over it.  Shortly after this, I also kicked my water bottle off the same lifeguard stand. However, my water bottle did not dent like hers.  I owned a Yeti water bottle, so mine remained dent free. 

So, another reason to own a Yeti is because they are extremely durable.  You can kick them off lifeguard stands, drop them on the ground and even if you fail to catch it when your friend tosses it at you, it will remain dent free. That, my friend, is a water bottle worth purchasing. 

The last reason I will urge you to use a Yeti is because they have a wide range of products.  You can purchase coolers, travel mugs, dog bowls, tote bags and even apparel. Not only have they perfect the art of the water bottle, but they also perfected all of their other products.  They are so much more than just a water bottle company.  They are the most optimal drinkware company. So, if your emotional support water bottle is in need of an upgrade, I recommend you ditch the Hydro Flask and pick up yourself a Yeti. It keeps your drinks cold and does not have the negative connotations that the Hydro Flask carries with it.

Hard Pill to Swallow: Spring break is too early.

Starting Feb. 26, Eastern University will be desolate. Rather than going to class, studying for exams or hanging out in the Breezeway, students will either travel to their week getaway in some fun destination or will be relaxing and decompressing at home. Either way, Eastern’s campus will be mostly empty.  

Spring break is usually a time for students to take a step back from school work and do things that they enjoy. Most of the time, though I cannot speak for all professors, professors do not give a significant amount of homework to be completed over break. They see that students are struggling and simply need time to decompress. This means that students have the freedom to spend their break as they desire. 

However, though I love spring break, I think Eastern should push spring break back a couple of weeks.  Personally, I think that spring break is coming too soon.  I am not tired yet, my classes are not crazy and I would rather take a break right after midterms when my workload is crazy insane.  In addition, I am burnt out by the end of midterms, so a break would give me the breathing room I need to continue to do well in my courses.

Taking exams in the middle of the semester is exhausting, and I struggle to stay on top of my work after midterms are over.  Due to the exhaustion of midterms, a break would be optimal during this time period because it would help alleviate stress. 

Students are then able to relax, rejuvenate and regroup.  They don’t have to worry about staying on top of work while dealing with post-test exhaustion. After I finish a week of exams, the only thing I want to do is absolutely nothing.  

Kate Seely, a writer for the Waltonian and communication studies major, says, “I wish I had more time to rest after midterms.”  Tamalei Sharp, an aspiring psychology major and possibly education minor, says, “My exams are brutal, so a break after midterms would help me jump back into school with pep in my step.”

These students and I believe we would be able to complete the second half of the semester with strength and endurance if spring break was after midterms. Trying to work on homework and other responsibilities can become overwhelming when there is no energy left in the tank. 

If spring break is pushed back, say one to two weeks, students would be able to power through the rest of the semester with ease. Spring break is already upon us, and yes I am thrilled to have a break, but I think it would benefit students the most if the break came after midterms.

American the Beautiful: The good and the bad of debating online.

Within the past two weeks, students at Eastern have taken it upon themselves to stand up for what they believe in.  Since the launch of the newest petition on Eastern’s campus, students, both for it and against, have not held back in sharing what they think is the right course of action for the petition.  Some think it should be removed, others applaud the leaders behind the movement.  However, since the Instagram page launched, it has been a host of strong and heated debates. 

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good debate.  I love how this country allows us to share what we think is right, and how others do not have to agree with us. This is one of those beautiful aspects that makes me think America is beautiful.  However, one thing I have always believed is that the comment section on a users’ Instagram page is not the best place for those discussions.  

When people start debating online, they lose sight of the fact that there is another human on the other side of that username.  It is not a bot, but a person. I have found that it is easier to insult someone online than in-person.  Personal attacks are easy when you cannot see the person’s reaction.  However, this does not make it right.
Debating online is one of those things that you have to be very careful about while doing it.  If you lose sight of your goal, you can end up pushing yourself over the line.  But I want to back track here, what is the goal of debating online? Is it to teach others about your viewpoint? Is it to learn about another’s viewpoint? Is it to completely annihilate another person and make them look small?  The goal of debating online is to learn more about another’s position. 

Whenever I find myself in a debate, whether that is online or in-person, I make it my goal to understand what the other person is saying and try and repeat it back to them. This way, when I bring my counter argument up, I can establish that I understand what they mean, and then I can show them what I mean.  I also find that this eliminates the need to interrupt the other person because they are saying  something that does not fall under what you said.  

I would think this would be really easy to do online, however, it is just the exact opposite.  When people share their argument in-person, the listener is able to clearly hear what they are saying, listen to the way they pronounce each word, and the nonverbals the speaker conveys.  All of these instances help us understand what the other speaker is saying.  However, in an online setting, it is harder to understand the person’s attitude toward the topic and how they feel about conversing with you. 

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are debating online, ask yourself the question, is it possible for me to continue this conversation in-person? If you know this person outside of the social media world, I encourage you to ask them if they want to get coffee to discuss more.  This gives both of you time to think about your position, research it and figure out how to communicate in a respectful manner.  

In addition, our goal should also be to understand how the other individual feels about the topic.  As for my last point, if we truly want to “educate” people, stop trying to win debates. Instead, show up to learn about their experiences that lead them to these feelings, and try to help them see the world through your lens.  Calling people names and ganging up on each other is going to get us nowhere.

A Little Heads Up: Why professors should provide their syllabi before class registration.

Imagine it is the middle of the semester.  You are approaching midterms and you can barely keep your head above water.  Now add course registration into the mix.  Now you are trying to study for midterms and figure out your schedule for the following semester.  This is extremely overwhelming. You start thinking of the future and you wonder if the next semester is going to be as stressful as the current one.   You think to yourself, “there has to be a way to make this registration process less stressful.” 

One thing that could make the class selection process less stressful would be if professors released their syllabi before class sign ups. This would give students an opportunity to look through professors’ syllabi and understand the expectations that come with the class. 

When you register for a class you openly agree to the terms, conditions, expectations and duties that the class requires. Your regisistation is, therefore, a binding contract between you, your professor and the university describing each member’s commitment over the course of a college semester. As with any contract, there are consequences, typically severe consequences, for failing to adhere to the agreed upon requirements; course registration is no different. Failure to meet a grade requirement, show up to class, or act inappropriately and you could fail the class, face university disciplinary measures or both.  

However, despite class registrations having contract-like traits, class registration is not typically viewed or treated as a binding contract. To illustrate this point, let’s contrast class registration with opening a credit line at a bank. When registering for a credit card, you provide the bank with all the necessary documents and then you have to sign the bank’s terms of use. The terms of use outline the expectations of both parties. The bank, for example, will ensure the safety of your information, handle fraudulent purchases, and provide you with available funds for use at merchants stores. Whereas, you agree to make payments on time and to only borrow so much from the bank. These expectations are presented to you before you choose to sign and nothing moves forward until you agree. 

On the other hand, when registering for classes you make an attempt to register for classes which will give credits towards your major requirements. Most college registrations portals, including Eastern’s, provide short vague descriptions of a class’s general overview. You are then expected to blindly sign up and adopt the classes terms and conditions only after you are enrolled. The class contract, or syllabus, is distributed during the beginning of the class and only then can you choose to adopt the responsibility the class demands or opt out and drop the class. You then get to start the process all over again as you blindly join another class in hopes to fill out a full semester’s worth of classes. 

Imagine if your bank treated you like universities do. Would you feel comfortable signing yourself up for something which will only later be determined without your input or consent? Obviously not! Therefore, since course registration is a form of binding contract, colleges should be required to present what will be expected of you throughout the term upfront before you choose to register for the class. 

Understanding workload expectations is vital to living a healthy lifestyle at any stage in life. Balancing time between work, hobbies, relationships and personal development is hard enough when clear expectations are set and is nearly impossible when constantly subject to change. Stepping out and going to university to push oneself academically, socially and physically comes with ample stress on its own. Course registration and planning should not be adding to the stress. It is, afterall, the point of going to college. Syllabi do not typically undergo large transformations from semester to semester. Therefore, even if colleges exposed previous syllabi with the understanding that they are subject to change would still be helpful to student planning as individuals could design their schedules around their more intensive classes.  

Thus, individuals have the right to how much responsibility they take on. Clear, upfront communication regarding what is expected of students is not merely a luxury, it is an imperative. You would not agree to a bank loan, job offer, project, club or group without clear understanding of what will be expected of you. The same should apply to college class selection. Release your class syllabi and set students up for a healthy, work-life schedule.

Photo: Eastern University

A student filling out a registration form to sign up for classes.

New Year, New Me!: A student reflects on conquering her New Year’s resolutions.

New year, new me! I am sure you have heard this saying one time or another.  Before the start of every year, people usually make a list of goals or “bucket-list” items that they hope to achieve.  

This urge that most people feel stems from the fact that humans love the idea of a fresh start.  An opportunity to set themselves up for success, a happier life or build new habits.  I always find these aspects of human nature to be so fascinating.  Humans strive to grow, change or become the best version of themselves.

However, with this motivation comes the fear of failure.  People, myself included, set goals for themselves, and then, not even two months into the year, completely forget about the goals, aspirations or habits they wanted to build. 

You may have heard of the “January Firsters”. The people who decide that 2022 will be the year they finally get their health in order.  However, after about a month, stop going to the gym.  Or sometimes, don’t even build up the courage to go in the first place. 

This group of people then wonders why they could not conquer their resolution.  I too used to wonder why I could not attack my resolutions.

However, last year I made it a goal of mine to be consistent.  My resolution was not to be more fit, to read more or even go to bed at a decent hour.  Instead, my resolution was to make sure whatever I did was consistent.  

2021 was the year I started taking my health more seriously.  And to be honest, it was not until Jan. of 2022 that I realized why I was finally able to be healthy.  When I started going to the gym last year, I made a point to set little goals that were attainable.  

For example, I made a goal to go to the gym three times a week.  I set this goal each week, and then eventually, got to a point where I wanted to go more. Then, I was going four times a week. Then five times. Then six times. Then I had to learn what rest days were.  I found that as I kept going to the gym more, I also needed to give my body time to rest and recover.  

Now, as I stand at the beginning of another year,  I think to myself, “I owe all of that to being consistent.” 

I found that it did not matter what I did at the gym, but as long as I showed and did the work, I accomplished my goal.  

As 2022 begins, I hope to encourage you to be consistent. It doesn’t matter what your goal is.  Break it into little pieces and make sure you check it off your list.  If you want to see progress, if you want to grow or if you want to learn a new skill, you need to show up for yourself.  If you can show up for yourself, and be consistent, then you will look at yourself a year from now and see a version of yourself that has not only grown, but flourished. 

Photo: eedwards24/Instagram

Jayme running on the beach in Cape May, N.J.

A Trip to Longwood Gardens: A depiction of the Christmas wonderland experience.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Longwood Gardens during the opening of the Christmas season. Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA.  According to the Longwood Garden webpage, the garden is a botanical garden that consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. I was in the garden for almost three hours and yet, there were things I missed. 

During the Christmas season, Longwood decks out the entire garden with lights, fountain shows, and the conservatory looks absolutely outstanding. When I first entered the garden, I took a sharp right and walked through a beautiful archway tunnel covered in Christmas lights.  Each arch would switch between the colors of red, green, gold, and white. 

At the end of the archway tunnel, I stumbled upon a small pond that had these little boats with light across it. Each boat had a white light on them and it looked stunning. On the side of the pond across from me, there was a Christmas tree colored with an array of lights. At the end of the pond, Longwood had set up a hot chocolate stand that had a line that was miles long. 

Moving on from the pond, I followed the crowd and walked through the illuminated forest. It was decked out in the lights that looked like it was falling.  It was such a cool sight to see. I am out in what feels like the middle of nowhere, but beautiful white and gold lights are surrounding me. 

Throughout the garden, Longwood has placed various tree houses along the way.  Each one was lit up in its own unique way. My favorite one had Christmas trees placed throughout, each one with its own unique set of lights. This tree in particular had three rooms and a long bridge leading up to it. Each section of this tree house had lights, trees, and fake snow. It would be any kids Christmas fort dream.

One of the highpoints of Longwood is their conservatory. Oh my goodness, when I tell you this was beautiful I feel like I am not doing it justice. The conservatory gives guests an opportunity to get out of the cold and step into an entirely new Christmas wonderland.  

Right at the entrance, there is a little stream lined with Christmas lights and Christmas trees.  At the end of the stream, stands a gigantic Christmas tree decorated with the most beautiful ornaments. 

Passing this Christmas tree, there is another room with this long wide pool.  Around and on top, there are white Christmas trees of various sizes. At one end, there is a gigantic spinning white Christmas tree, and on the other end, there is an open space where guests can take photos.  The photo I have shared barely does conservatory justice. 

If you are looking for a Christmas light experience like no other, I could not recommend Longwood Garden enough. It is about a 45 minute drive from Eastern and you take 202 S to get there. Tickets are $30 each, but it is so worth it. 

How the Trump’s Stole Christmas: Melania Trump decorated the White House better than Jill Biden.

“Its the most wonderful time of the year,” sings Andy Williams.  Williams was in fact right.  Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year. It is a time for people to gather with their families, give each other gifts to brighten one anothers day, and remember the reason for the season. Christmas is a time to reflect on the good things the Lord has given us and read the story of Jesus’ birth.  This time of year is full of cheer, thankfulness, and for me, tons of family time. 

Recently, one very popular figure continued the cheer when she unveiled the Christmas decorations at the White House.  First Lady Jill Biden unveiled her Christmas decorations this year, and I have a few thoughts. Before I dive in, I will say, I appreciate her tribute to our fallen soldiers.  One of the trees in the White House is decorated with ornaments that have the names of fallen military members.  

According to Insider, her theme is called, “Gifts from the Heart.” The theme is supposed to reflect how each and every person can help each other out by spreading kindness.  Throughout the White House, there is an array of different decorations that resemble people coming together and putting our differences aside.   

However, her actual execution of the decorations was not so good.  Now, what I am about to say is probably going to make a few people upset, and you know what, I am okay with that. We are all allowed to have our own opinion, and you have the right to disagree with me. That is the beauty of America. 

Melania Trump decorated the White House better than Jill Biden.  There, I said it.  Jill’s decorations looked, well, normal.  Melania always brought some sort of fresh flavor and class.  In 2020, for Melania’s last Christmas in the White House, she decided to commemorate the essential workers, who worked so hard during the pandemic.  

She called it, “America the Beautiful.”  She filled the White House with Christmas trees, garlands, and a really fun White House replica made out of gingerbread.  The entire space was beautiful to take in.  She covered the trees in ornaments that resembled various essential workers.  It was classy, it was traditional, and it was “America the Beautiful.”

Jill had an entrance made up of various sizes of red gift boxes.  This looked like something I would see outside of a Build-a-Bear Workshop during the holidays. Something that would appeal to children, not the entire country. 

Melania created a scene that was traditional, classy, and paid a tribute to the hard working Americans that kept the country afloat during the pandemic.  Jill tried to remind everyone to come together despite our differences, but carried it out like President Biden’s presidency. It did not quite “work.” 

Where Melania decorated the White House with classy, traditional, or more unique decorations, Jill chose what looked like something I would have made during Sunday school at church.  Insider reported that Jill filled the China room with wreaths. On each of these wreaths were hands that were supposed to resemble people coming together.  To me, this looked like a craft I did in the 5th grade at co-op. 

Melania filled the White House with Christmas trees that were sophisticated and reflected the American people.  She pulled off her last Christmas beautifully. As for Jill, let’s just say she has three more opportunities to try and match the bar Melania has set.