If you’re tired of the usual red and green Christmas decorations, we have some tips, courtesy of the White House, that will make your house look very Presidential.
Ever since Jacqueline Kennedy chose to decorate 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a Nutcracker theme for her young daughter Caroline, the First Lady has traditionally chosen an overall theme for the House. This year, Michelle Obama chose “Joy To All.”
“It celebrates the many joys of the holidays seasons,” she explains on the White House’s website. “The joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks.”
The Obamas were responsible for 19 trees in the many rooms of the White House, with each tree getting it’s own design.
One tree was dedicated to past First Ladies and features ornaments that honor their chosen themes from miniature presents for Jackie Kennedy to gingerbread for Lady Bird Johnson’s “Early Americana Christmas” to Mrs. Obama’s 2011 tribute to the military with ornaments that look like medals.
The White House also honors the U.S. military with a special red, white and blue tree decorated with traditional style ornaments.
The Green Room pays tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt, who would not allow trees to be cut down for use in the White House during the holidays, with mini terrariums that dangle from the trees.
From festive wreaths to stain glass window ornaments to traditional candles, the White House decorates each and every window, which is no easy task when there’s 147 of them.
The Obama’s could not forget their little Portuguese water dog, Bo, who is represented throughout the house with lifelike replicas made of licorice, garbage bags, buttons and 18,000 little black pompoms. There’s even a 4-foot tall version made out of felt.
For animal-lovers who would also like to honor their family pet, check out how the White House managed to do it with a little chicken wire and a lot of hot glue.
Of course, at the end of the day when you’re done decorating, let your pet have one last look around.
Watch Bo check out the many White House trees below.
- Shannon Carlin, CBS Local
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