This year’s holiday decorations at the White House, the Obamas’ last, have the theme “The Gift of the Holidays.” A giant red gift, serving as a sort of selfie station, proclaims the theme as you walk into the East Visitor Entrance Hall.
Lego ornaments in the State Dining Room represent 56 states and territories and are made from more than 200,000 of the plastic pieces. This year’s decorations are 90 percent repurposed and 10 percent new. Last year’s snowpeople, who were displayed outside, are now safe and warm indoors in the Ground Floor Corridor.
The official White House Christmas Tree is on display in the Blue Room: a 19-foot Douglas fir donated by a tree farm in Pennsylvania and trimmed to fit in the space. The preamble to the Constitution can be read on the tree’s garland.
As always, the gingerbread White House has a place of honor in the State Dining Room, with 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, 20 pounds of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing and 20 pounds of sculpted sugar pieces.
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More holiday trimmings:
▪ More than 8,000 bows and ribbons line the East Hallway.
▪ Larger-than-life-size replicas of presidential pups Bo and Sunny made of more than 25,000 yarn pom-poms (making a return appearance from last year).
▪ “Snowball” arches made of more than 6,000 ornaments.
▪ Gumdrop wreaths hang from the windows of the State Dining Room.
▪ “Let’s Move”-inspired healthy decorations in the Green and Red rooms, including wreaths made with fruits and greens, garlands made of limes, and gift boxes made from cranberries.
▪ A digital interface for sending holiday messages to the troops.