The Obamas get festive with 'Bo-flakes' and a gingerbread White House
They've celebrated many happy Christmases in the White House over the last four years and thanks to President Obama'sre-election they're set to enjoy several more. On Wednesday Michelle Obama showed that the family had entered into the festive spirit when she unveiled the White House's annual Christmas decorations.
Three weeks after Barack's memorable election victory, the First Lady welcomed military families to American's most famous address for the first look at its seasonal makeover.
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An extensive number of beautiful Christmas trees fill the house, from the official 18ft conifer standing in the Blue Room, to the First Lady tree in the Grand Foyer. The latter bears White House ornaments from Christmases past such as Jacqueline Kennedy's white ballerina and Lady Bird Johnson's cream and gold flower.
After addressing her guests mum-of-two Michelle threw herself into the craft activities she had laid on for her younger visitors. Malia and Sasha's mother helped the children created 'honey sucker' lollipops before treating them to a special appearance from the presidential dog Bo. References to the famous Portuguese Water Dog run throughout the house, with paper cut outs of the young canine, known as 'Bo-flakes' hanging from the many trees.
No doubt impressed when they arrived at the iconic building, the lucky guests were seeing double when they set eyes on a gingerbread replica of the White House. Weighing a hefty 300 pounds, the tasty sculpture also comes complete with a miniature version of the house's own vegetable garden.
Michelle Obama addressed her military guests in the East Room of the White House. The invitees included both Gold and Blue star parents, spouses and children. The term Gold Star parent refers to a mother or father who has lost their child during service, whilst a blue star parent's son or daughter is currently serving and still alive.
Standing proud in the Blue Room is the official Christmas tree. Brought in from Jefferson, North Carolina, the conifer reaches an impressive height of 18ft 6inches and carries the message "Joining Forces"
In their cute festive dresses Lauren Rae and Olivia Marlow look on in awe at the ornaments hanging from the Grand Foyer's impressive Christmas tree
Mum-of-two Michelle was happy to join in the craft activities she had laid on for the White House's younger guests. The group gathered in the State Dining Room and were joined by Bo, who was suitably bearing a bright red lead
The highly detailed edible sculpture also features an equally delectable version of the White House kitchen garden
Weighing in at nearly 300 pounds a gingerbread version of the Presidential home was also on display . And of course no replica of the Obama's family abode would be complete without a nod to their beloved dog Bo