Deck the Halls! Get a Peek at This Year's Festive White House Holiday Decor
Ornaments – including some chic nutcrackers – decorate the White House's 18-ft.-tall tree. The theme for this year's holiday decorations is "A Timeless Tradition."
One way to describe the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania? Larger than life, like these nutcrackers the height of the fireplace and oversized teddy bear.
Red, white and blue ornaments are perfectly fitting for America's Christmas tree! Additionally, the tree is dotted with letters from military families to their service members across the globe.
The First Lady invited military families and their children to visit the White House for a preview of the holiday decor on Dec. 2 – and they scored a bonus playdate with Bo and Sunny.
The Red Room technically brings holiday spirit all year round – but the garland, wreaths and Christmas trees makes it even more festive.
Even the hallways get the holiday treatment! At the preview, Michelle Obama said that there are more than 70,000 ornaments in the White House this year. Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events worked with the First Lady on this year's decor, which is largely repurposed from past years. "Ninety percent uses repurposed ornaments and embellishments that were already a part of the White House holiday inventory," Rafanelli said. "We feel wonderful about the message this sends to all Americans who are as focused as we are on value, sustainability and our environment."
Michelle Obama wore a green dress and silver heels to welcome her similarly dapper guests. She introduced the holiday décor, which not only honors military families, but American children and authors, too.
The event was put on as part of the Joining Forces Initiative, which provides support and opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. During the festivities, the First Lady said: "As we ring in another holiday season, we're going to make sure that the over 68,000 visitors who will pass through these rooms over the coming weeks know about and honor your service and sacrifice."
The best part of this whole display? The odes to the Obama family dogs, complete with tennis ball Christmas trees (every pup's dream!).
The decorations extend all the way outside, where 56 (faux) snowmen and women dot the White House lawn – one for every state and territory.
Also in the Obama family home for the holidays? Sixty-two trees, dozens of vintage nutcrackers and a 500-lb. gingerbread White House. Even with the over-the-top decorations, the First Lady was sure to remind guests of the reason for the season: "This time of year it's easy to get caught up in all the holiday whirlwind," she said. "Making the lists, and the errands, and the travel plans – that we sometimes forget what the holiday season is all about. But sharing this special time with our military families reminds us that this season is about so much more."