December 09, 2011

2011 White House Christmas Decorations

The White House is decked out in its holiday best once again this year.  Each year, the First Lady picks a new theme for the holidays and the 2011 White House Christmas theme  is “Shine, Give, Share” which includes a tribute to military troops, veterans, and their families. 

The official White House Christmas tree, located in the Blue Room, is 18.5 feet this year.

White House 2011 Official Christmas Treesource

The Blue Room tree features holiday cards created by military children and medals, badges, and patches from all branches of the military.

A second tree honoring the military sits in the East Landing of the White House.  This tree honors Gold Star military families, ones that have lost a loved one in service.  The tree features star ornaments which families inscribed with the name of their loved one.

A total of 37 Christmas trees are part of the official 2011 White House Christmas decorations.  Two large trees stand in the Grand Foyer.

The China Room features a decorated tree and elegant table setting.

The Red Room features two smaller trees and red wreaths.

The Green Room features handmade tabletop trees made from recycled aluminum.

The Library has a large tree decorated with red ornaments and a banner highlighting this year’s theme.

The Library also features a large topiary sculpture of First Dog, Bo, crafted from plastic trash bags.  This is one of the many Bo sculptures made this year.

The East Garden Room contains the largest Bo sculpture, a 4.5 foot Bo made of 35 yards of felt which stands next to several paper Christmas trees. 

The White House even provides details and a template to make your own mini paper Christmas tree.

I think this year’s White House Christmas decorations look beautiful.  I like the special tributes to the military, the handmade trees, and of course all of the Bo features.  What do you think of this year’s White House décor?

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