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The irresistible treat of our holiday decor is always the one-of-a-kind gingerbread White House. The White House chefs combine weeks of work, pounds of chocolate, mountains of sugar and countless sheets of gingerbread to create an edible masterpiece. Each year’s rendition is different.

Thaddeus DuBois, the pastry chef, has designed for 2005 a confection that depicts with great detail and accuracy the north side of the White House as it looks today. Using elegant piping of icing to emphasize the architectural elements, Chef DuBois and his team have produced a lovely and tempting replica of this cherished building.

Cross Hall and Grand Foyer

Splendid holiday trees of white azaleas in the niches contrast with the pink and orange French tulips on the Cross Hall pier tables. Garlands with silver and gold crystals and amber glass balls frame the doorways.

In the Foyer, lime and gold ribbons accent the garlands of the Grand Staircase; and directly opposite, a final feast for the eyes decorates the large pier table. The handsome gilded bronze French clock was bought in 1817 by James Madison. The seated figure is of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. On each side of the clock, a profusion of pink and orange French tulips bloom in vermeil containers from the White House collection, while from above the mirror cascades a bountiful garland of boxwood, apples, pomegranates and pears.

We are glad you came to share the joys of the White House at its holiday best. During this season, may we all resolve to see what is beautiful in nature and to brighten the holidays for someone especially in need of kindness.



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