December 19, 2011

White House Christmas 2011

The theme at the White House this year is: "Shine, give and share."

"Time and again, our Nation's strength is revealed when we join together in common purpose.  This holiday season, we recognize that each of us holds the power to make a difference in our world through service to one another, whether we serve in uniform to protect all that we hold dear, or share our gifts in our classrooms and neighborhoods.  Each act of service touches others in ways we may never see, while guiding us toward and ever-brightening future."

-President and Mrs. Obama

The East Visitor Entrance and Landing pays tribute to our military. 

Kern and I wrote notes to our service men and women and "mailed" them.

Beautiful handmade snowflakes adorned the wreaths and garlands along the hallway.

I loved this colorful tree!

Kern posed with a likening of Bo, the First Families Portuguese water dog

There were "mini-Bo's" all throughout the house!

The East Room

Our first President behind me

A fireplace in the East Room

A view from the window of the Green Room

Admiring Presidential China in the Green Room.  Can you see me?

The Blue Room: the official White House Christmas Tree is behind us.  This year, the tree is a balsam fir from Neshkoro, Wisconsin.  The ornaments this year are Christmas cards made by military children--adorable!  Medals, badges and patches from all the military branches were also displayed.

To connect with our military families and offer them encouragement, please visit: 

The Red Room

The State Dining Room

Lincoln, Emily and Kern

I wonder if Sasha and Malia get to eat the gingerbread house?
Do you see Bo??

Mini Bo's were stationed in each room.  Here is the East Room's rendition of the lovable pup.

The whole House smelled divinely of the most lovely greenery--a sign that Christmas is in the air!

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