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"Deck the Halls and Welcome All"

Trees sculpted from poinsettias line the Cross Hall. The White House Christmas tree fills the Blue Room doorway with lights and snow dappled branches. White House decorators used 4,638 red color ornament balls in their festive adornments. A row pine of trees line the center table of the State Dinning Room where 20,000 Christmas cookies, 15,000 Chocolate Truffles, 3,000 racks of lamb, 500 Filets of Beef, and will be served to the 45,000 guests visiting the White House during the Holiday season. The White House has a total of 17 decorated Christmas trees. Two are placed next to the famous portraits of George and Martha Washington in the East Room. They are trimmed with silvered-glass ornaments painted in red and fuchsia. Between them, recessed in the wall is an elaborate nativity scene. This year’s official White House Christmas Tree is a Douglas Fir donated by the Botek family, owners of The Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa. The 18-foot, 6-inch tree stretches from floor to ceiling in the Blue Room. The branches are topped with snow, accented with red ribbons and decorated with crystals and iridescent glass ornaments.
The mantle in the Red Room is draped with garland and entwined with gold etched ornaments. Twin evergreen wreaths decorate the windows. The miniature cranberry tree is a White House tradition dating back to 1975. Red and white peppermint treats are hung on the garland on the mantle in the always seasonal Green Room. Approximately 1,089 feet of garland were used in decorating the White House this year. The East Colonnade is lined with wreaths and accented with red, glass ornaments. This year more than 269 wreaths and 4,638 red ornament balls were hung in the White House. Hundreds of the polished glass spheres were used to create shiny tree sculptures. Red carnations in silver containers bloom as the centerpiece of the White House Library.
Silver glass ornaments were chosen to decorate the mantle to keep in the Vermeil Room. Carnations bloom in vermeil containers throughout the room and atop the tables. Ivy topiaries are groomed in the likeness of the President and First Lady's pets, Scottish Terriers Barney and Miss Beazley, and their cat Willie stand at the end of the Ground Floor Corridor. Evergreen garland is draped across the fireplace mantle in the Diplomatic Reception Room. Silver containers filled with red carnations adorn the tables in the Library. The fireplace mantle is decorated with traditional green garland, accented with glass bulbs and red bows.

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