Obamas Reveal White House Holiday Decor, Light National Tree
There’s nothing like Christmas at the White House!
First Lady Michelle Obama gave some military families a special holiday treat when she invited them to the White House on Wednesday (Dec.3) to be the first to view the house’s Christmas decorations.
Centering around the theme, “A Children’s Winter Wonderland,” this year’s decorations include 18-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide Christmas tree adorned with nearly 2,000 ornaments made by students engineers and artists around the country.
One of the highlights is an interactive installation in the East Garden Room that allows people to visualize themselves in a snowscape projected on the wall.
Before the viewing was over, FLOTUS took the time to express her gratitude for those who serve for the country as well as their families.
“The holidays are a chance for us to show what our country is grateful for this holiday season, and that’s all of you, the military families who serve our nation proudly and give us all so much. Because we know that too often, your stories of courage and strength often get lost in the shuffle.”
Hosting military families for the first glimpse of the White House, holiday decor has become a tradition for the Obamas. Now that the decor has been revealed, she told the audience that an estimated 65,000 members of the public will tour the mansion during the holiday season.
Moving on to the next tradition, the Obama family also hosted the annual tree lighting ceremony on Thursday (Dec. 4).
The celebration featured a star-studded concert with musical performances by Patti Labelle, NE-YO, Steve Miller, The Tenors and Chely Wright. From the front row, the president and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, were seen dancing along to the tunes. Even the first daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, were spotted singing along to the familiar tunes.
This year’s ceremony marks the 92nd annual lighting of the Christmas tree near the White House. The National Park Service says the tradition was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.
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