Friday, December 18, 2009

White House Christmas 2009

If you are interested in seeing the White House decorated for the holidays, check out this link - it has a nice video presentation of the deocrations. This year's tree came from West Virginia. You can read Mrs. Obama's remarks on the holiday decorations and I've pulled out a few tidbits I found interesting:
We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations, we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House.

And today, thanks to the East Wing and Residence staff, and 92 volunteers from 24 states who spent more than 3,400 hours decorating over the last several days, we have ornaments hanging on the tree behind me throughout the White House and everywhere else that include the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Kennedy Center -- Space Center, as well as some less known places like Davy Crockett Park in Tennessee, Pompey's Pillar in Billings, Montana and one of my favorites, the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

We also have one of the favorite traditions here at the White House on display -– it's the gingerbread masterpiece by our brilliant chef Bill Yosses, and his team.

But this year we've included something a little bit different. In addition to the gingerbread White House we also have the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, a shadow box that lets you look into the gingerbread White House and view the State Dining Room. And I just saw there's also a little Bo replica. (Laughter.) So that's a new addition.

One of the organizations Mrs. Obama has singled out for aid this holiday season is Toys for Tots. On a personal note, we always (and this actually has nothing to do with the Obama's decision to help support this organization) donate to Toys for Tots locally each year - it really is a great cause.

I'd also like to include President Obama's remarks on Hanukkah here as well to round this out a little.

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