Christmas at the White House

Adam and I were excited when my uncle called and said he had us on the list for the White House holiday tour. We'd both been previously, but never at Christmas. More than 90,000 people visit the White House during the holiday season—it's truly a magical experience.

This year's decorations payed tribute to our Armed Forces and their families. The walls of the East Landing were adorned with wreaths and a Christmas tree decorated with festive, patriotic ornaments completed the space. The official White House Christmas tree, which stands tall in the center of the Blue Room, honored the courageous service of the troops, veterans, and military families. The 18-foot-6- inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina was trimmed with ornaments decorated by military children living around the world. The over-the-top decorations where stunning.

“This year’s theme is ‘Joy to All.' It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: 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.”

-First Lady Michelle Obama

Another favorite of ours was the life-size replica of first dog Bo, made out of 18,000 one-inch black pom-poms and 2,000 white pom-poms. How cute! The tour was a fun and patriotic way to kick off the holiday season. Check out some of our favorite decorations below.