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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
November 30, 2006

Fact Sheet: White House Holiday Decorations
     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006

Red Ornament Balls 4,638
Garland 1,089 feet
Christmas Trees 17 trees
Wreaths 269
Christmas Cookies 20,000
Mini Tarts 5,000
Chocolate Truffles 15,000
Sweet Potatoes 2,100 pounds
White and Green Asparagus 100 cases
Rack of Lamb 3,000
Filets of Beef 500
Crab Claws 4,000 pounds
Shrimp 4,000 pounds
Guests touring the White House during the Holidays 45,000

Christmas Card Artist: James Blake
Holiday Booklet Artist: Pamela Carroll
Holiday Invitation Artist: Ed Dyer


  • Ten-foot-tall Nutcrackers at the entrance
  • Festive evergreen wreaths throughout the East Colonnade

Ground Floor Corridor:

  • An ivy topiary Rudolph, complete with red nose, and his fellow reindeer
  • Further down the hall are ivy topiaries in the likeness of First Cat Willie, and President and Mrs. Bush’s Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley


Cross Hall and Grand Foyer:

  • Glass garlands, spiral topiaries, and trees of red poinsettias
  • Holly and berries decorate the pier tables, and garlands of pine and ribbon descend the grand staircase

East Room:

  • Greens and red ribbon garlands.
  • Carnations bloom in vermeil containers atop the mantels
  • Christmas trees are trimmed with silvered-glass ornaments, painted in red and fuchsia

Green Room:

  • The mantle is draped in garlands laden with Christmas treats

Blue Room:

  • The official White House Christmas tree is an 18-foot, 6-inch Douglas fir presented to President and Mrs. Bush by Francis and Margaret Botek and their children, of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania
  • This year’s tree sparkles with crystals and ornaments of iridescent glass

Red Room:

  • Gold-etched ornaments in the garland on the mantle; silvered containers filled with poinsettia; and the cranberry tree, a White House tradition dating back to 1975

State Dining Room:

  • Garlands, a forest of illuminated trees, and boughs of greens cascading from the sconces

Gingerbread White House:

  • View of the South Portico
  • About 300 pounds of gingerbread and dark chocolate
  • More than 800 hand-piped icing snowflakes

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