The White House Unveils Its 2014 Holiday Decorations
THAT’S THE SPIRIT
Tis the season to be jolly at the White House, where on Wednesday First Lady Obama” took military families on an upclose and personal tour of the holiday decor at the executive mansion. This year’s decorating theme was a children’s winter wonderland and included several trimmings that used digital technology.
TREES OF LIFE
In one grand room, majestic, elaborately-decorated pine trees fill the air with the unmistakable scent of the holidays. A total of 106 volunteers from 34 states and the District of Columbia spent the week before decorating numerous rooms in festive finery.
GETTING THE HANG OF IT
This gold-and-white ornament that recreates a wintertime White House scene was made using 3D printing. Another technological wonder: The interactive installation in the East Garden Room that allows people to visualize themselves in a snowscape projected on the wall.
Many of the 26 (yes, 26!) trees decorating the White House get their holiday cheer from homemade ornaments, like this patriotic beauty from a child named Sophie. Obama estimated that 65,000 people will tour the rooms during December.
FROSTING THE SNOWMAN
The First Lady and White House pastry chefs lend a hand as several children of military personnel decorate baked holiday treats. "Are you okay with them coming with me for a moment?" she asked the youngsters' parents. "As long as you don’t care if those pretty dresses get a little icing on them."
A mantel below President Lincoln's pensive portrait is decorated with plush garlands, colorful ornaments and simple block letters resembling Scrabble tiles arranged to spell out the wonderland theme.
Animated life-size versions of First Dogs Bo and Sunny are featured in an innovative landscape aside an old-fashioned train car. “Sunny’s eyes move with a motion sensor,” Obama said, joking, “I hope it’s working.”