Christmas officially arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday. The Obamas kicked-off the holiday season with the grand premiere of the 2012 White House Christmas decorations. Keeping with tradition, Mrs. Obama selected a theme for all the decorations. The 2012 theme is “Joy to All”. This includes the Joy of giving and service to others, the Joy of sharing our blessings, and the Joy of welcoming our friends and family. We covered much of the history of White House Christmas in previous posts (February 15th blog, search White House).
This year there are 4 tress in the Grand Foyer. These are all decorated with ornaments representing the last 50 years of First Ladies. In total there are 54 trees in the White House for 2012. There are also tributes to our armed forces. The East Landing has wreaths with red, white, and blue yarn and trees with patriotic ornaments. The “official” White House tree is located in the Blue Room. This year it is an 18’6″ Fraser Fir from Jefferson, NC. The tree is decorated with ornaments decorated by military children living on military bases all over the world. The tree is beautiful and if you have a chance to visit the White House during the holiday season you will certainly love it.
To find out more check out the White House Holiday webpage. The page has information on this year’s decorations and the history of decorations. There is much more too. There is a nice video of Bo, the dog. You can download an beautiful illustrated tour book. There are details on the 2012 Christmas book marks. The White House chefs have this year’s cookie recipe for Ginger Crinkles. In honor of our troops you can fill out an Honor Card with a pledge to serve your community. There’s even a guide on how to build your own Christmas snow globe.Some brief updates on some other DC trees: The Capitol Tree will be lit in a ceremony on December 4th at 5:00 PM. The National Christmas Tree will be lit in a ceremony on December 6th at 4:30 PM. The nationally televised event features host Neil Patrick Harris and a collection of music acts including James Taylor and Jason Mraz.