December 14, 2010

Christmas at the White House

The White House holiday theme is "Simple Gifts."

"This special time of year provides countless reasons large and small to be grateful for the blessings of time spent with loved ones, and for the richness of culture and natural surroundings we as Americans enjoy. As families gather across our country during this holiday season, even in trying times, we can reflect on the universal pleasures of cheer and goodwill, and can find reason to rejoice in the moments the holidays bring."
-excerpt from a letter from the Obamas

The military tree--representing all 5 branches

Cards were provided and we sent a note to a military service member

Even Bo had his own display!

The White House Library decorated. President Roosevelt (who converted this room to a library on 1935) maintained a family Christmas tradition each year of reading aloud from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol upstairs in the residence.

A tree in the East Room

The Green Room

The Blue Room: This year's official White House Christmas tree is a rich, green Douglas Fir from Pennsylvania that stands 19.5 feet tall.

President Lincoln muses over the decorations

The White House gingerbread house!
Look closely--can you see Bo?

Throughout the entire tour we were serenaded by voice from North Carolina singing Christmas carols!

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