December 07, 2012

Christmas at the White House

"Joy to All" is the theme throughout the White House this Christmas.

Mrs. Nancy Reagan and me

The East Landing was dedicated to the Armed Forces.  There were tables set up where I was able to write a card through "Operation Honor Card" to a service member expressing my thanks.

A decorative mail box was provided once the card was written.
It is humbling to remember all of the military families that will be separated from their loved ones over Christmas.

The hallway to the East Garden room is full of pictures from past Presidents and their families during Christmas time.

There was a life-size replica of Bo--the First Family' Portuguese water dog in the East Garden Room.

The Library, filled with 2,700 books and decorated in classic red and green.

The China Room set with President Truman's china.

The East Room with the traditional crèche behind us.

The Blue Room's Christmas tree was filled with ornaments made by military children living on U.S. Military bases all over the world.  The tree is an 18 foot, 6 inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina.  The smell of greenery lingered throughout the entire White House.

The State Dining Room

The amazing 300 pound gingerbread house.  This has been a tradition at the White House since the 1960's.  Can you see Bo?

The Entrance Hall and Cross Hall

After the White House fun, we made our way to Kramerbook's Afterwards Cafe for a yummy lunch.  Unable to turn down breakfast, I enjoyed eggs benedict at 2:00pm.  It's never too late for breakfast!

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