Vinton designer helps decorate the White House for Christmas

Home for the Holidays

VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — With his hard work on display for the entire nation, a Vinton man has quite a story to tell his friends and family his holiday season.

“I was sitting at home working and the expression on my face, my wife thought something was wrong. I said, ‘I think I just got invited to the White House,'” said Mark Frye, the owner and principal designer for Creative Occasions Flowers and Gifts in Vinton.

Getting to help decorate the White House for Christmas is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Frye was one of 105 people chosen this year as volunteer holiday decorators for the presidential mansion.

Frye compared the application process to writing a college essay, saying he linked examples of his work in his application because “I wanted them to know that I have some chops.”

The Vinton man spent the Friday through Sunday after Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C., working in the East Room and meeting a diverse group of people from different backgrounds.

“I met consultants. I met healthcare workers. I met some family members of Secret Service agents. I met school teachers,” said Frye.

The experience ended with a reception for those volunteer decorators, which provided a chance for everyone to see the results of their hard work firsthand, as well as meet the first lady, Dr. Jill Biden.

“Dr. Biden took a moment to have a photo taken with every volunteer,” Frye said.

According to Frye, this is an experience he will never forget.

“#PinchMeImDreaming,” he joked.

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