White House Christ­mas theme: ‘The Gift of the Hol­i­days’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

For her fam­ily’s fi­nal Christ­mas in the White House, Michelle Obama used the hol­i­day decor to high­light her core ini­tia­tives as first lady: mil­i­tary ser­vice, ed­u­ca­tion and health.

The fa­mil­iar crowd-pleasers are still part of the an­nual show:

• A tow­er­ing tree dom­i­nates the Blue Room, trimmed as it has been in the past to honor the U.S. mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies, an is­sue Mrs. Obama has em­pha­sized.

• Larger-than-life repli­cas of fam­ily dogs Bo and Sunny will greet tens of thousands of hol­i­day vis­i­tors shortly af­ter they en­ter through the East Wing.

• And no White House Christ­mas would feel com­plete with­out the an­nual gin­ger­bread ver­sion. This year’s replica on dis­play in the State Din­ing Room weighed in at more than 300 pounds, in­clud­ing 150 pounds of gin­ger­bread covered in 100 pounds of bread dough to form the white ex­te­rior. Models of Bo and Sunny sit out front.

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