Holidays at the White House: In Pictures

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On Friday, BlogHer went to the White House to see the holiday decorations in the East Wing. The Obamas have decked the halls with much more than just boughs of holly. See our our pictures to get into the spirit, and see more photos on the official White House Holidays 2012 page.

The theme this year is "Joy to All."

All photos by Melissa Ford.

Gold Star Christmas Tree

The Gold Star Christmas tree in the Garden Room is there to honor fallen servicemembers and their families. Anyone can fill out an "honor card" pledging their support to military families.

Next Page: Patriotic Ornaments

Patriotic Ornaments

The Gold Star tree is decorated with patriotic red, white, and blue ornaments.

Next Page: Christmas Boxes

Christmas Boxes

There are four floor-to-ceiling boxes in the front hall of the East Wing with this design (and the pattern repeats in decorations in different rooms). All four boxes were constructed by volunteers. The gold chunks are actually the pine cones from last year’s Christmas decorations. They were broken into small pieces, spray painted gold, and repurposed. All 15,000 of them. It took 40 volunteers two months to make the covered plywood boxes.

Next Page: Boflakes


Forget about snowflakes; the White House has Boflakes! Ornaments themed to the First Family's dog, Bo, are scattered around the house. Kids can see if they can locate the ornaments in eight different rooms.

Next Page: Vermeil Room

Vermeil Room

Every room has unique Christmas decorations. In the Vermeil Room, decorations all illustrate the theme of giving, as symbolized by the vermeil silver collection always in this room.

Next Page: China Room

China Room

The China Room usually displays the White House china collection -- but during the holidays, the room is set up to pay homage to the family dinner with a fully decorated table.

Next Page: White House Ballroom

White House Ballroom

The White House ballroom is the home of the Christmas creche, as well as a scattering of gorgeously decorated trees.

Next Page: Official White House Tree

Official White House Tree

This year's theme to the White House tree is "Joining Forces." This Douglas Fir is from Jefferson, North Carolina, and it honors military families. Military children made many of the ornaments. At over 18 feet tall, it brushes the ceiling of the Blue Room.

Next Page: White House Gingerbread House

White House Gingerbread House

The White House gingerbread house (and its creator, Bill Yosses, executive pastry chef at the White House) in the State Dining Room. The 300-pound house is essentially... matzah. Yes, instead of gingerbread, the house is made from a flour and water concoction and decorated using various forms of sugar art.

Next Page: Inside and Out

Inside and Out

From the White House to the Executive Office Building, from the Green Room to the greenery outside, the White House has decked the halls and they're ready to celebrate the holidays.

How is your home decorated this year?

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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