First glimpse of White House holiday decorations

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Lauren Rae, left, and Olivia Marlow look at the ornaments on a Christmas tree in the Grand Foyer during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations. The first lady welcomed military families to the White House for a viewing of the decorations.

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Christmas decorations in the China room during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations.

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A nearly 300-pound gingerbread White House on display at the State Dining Room on Nov. 28. A stuffed replica of Bo, the presidential dog, is at lower left.

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Christmas trees in the State Dining Room.

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First lady Michelle Obama reacts as she participates in craft activities with children of military families at the State Dining Room after a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations.

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations on Nov. 28. The first lady welcomed military families for the first viewing.

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A stuffed replica of Bo, the presidential dog, wearing a Santa Claus hat at the White House.

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While that looked lovely and it is the White House, it seemed to be missing the personal touch. I will place out my usual Christmas wreath, baby tree, and my customary homemade treats for visiting family and company. It isn't much I know or fancy, nor made by chefs.But those who visit always know it is from the heart. I think it will be good enough.

    Reply#1 - Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:53 PM EST

    It shouldn't be personal, it's the People's House! But yes, there's nothing unprofessional here, anywhere, no wrong spot--you know how traditional rugs and carpets from the Middle East are always made with a 'misprint' in the design, to honor the belief only Allah is perfect?

    I'm a deist, not a theist, but I appreciate the mistakes that say, "People made this." I deliberately leave some errors in my knitting because they add a certain charm.

    Windancersong: I've read some of your posts. Although I don't know you, I'm sure your Christmases are always loved, because you make them with love.

    A Merry and Peaceful Christmas to you and yours, when we get there!

      Reply#2 - Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:35 AM EST

      Oh--but Bo is way too large for the Gingerbread White House!--totally out of proportion, if you look at the front door, for example. And he's not "stuffed," but made entirely of marzipan.

      There you go--the mistake that says nobody's perfect.

      A personal touch

      Happy Holidays to all people of peace and goodwill

        Reply#3 - Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:39 AM EST
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