Wednesday 23 Dec, 2015

Spreading Holiday Cheer at the White House

With 132 rooms and 6 levels, there is much to do to get the White House ready for the holidays. This year it took a team of 89 Griswold-inspired volunteers a grand total of 5 days to decorate the President’s home from top to bottom. Here’s a peek at how the White House decks the halls.

The gingerbread White House
This is more than just a gingerbread house, it’s an architectural feat. The gingerbread replica of the White House spares no detail. It’s coated in dark chocolate and weighs nearly 500 pounds! Creating this holiday delight takes more than 250 pounds of gingerbread dough, and a whole lot of tasty treats.

62 Christmas trees
Every year dozens of trees decorate the many rooms in the White House, each with a different theme. This year it took more than 70,000 ornaments to dress up these spruces. The main tree has been set up in the Blue Room since Jackie Kennedy started the tradition. This year, it is a massive 18.5 ft. tall and is decorated to honor the military.

A garden of snow people
The holiday decorations aren’t limited to just the inside of the White House. If you look out a window into the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, you’ll see 56 snow people smiling back at you—one representing each U.S. state and territory.

Bo and Sunny
The President and First Family certainly love their dogs, and it shows in the many ornaments they have of their beloved pups. Each year they pay homage to their dogs with a new decoration, and this year brings two larger than life yarn dog sculptures happily perched next to Christmas trees made of tennis balls.

Many, many visitors
Between tour groups, carolers, and esteemed guests attending holiday parties, more than 68,000 visitors are expected to make their way through the White House during this holiday season.

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