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  • Narrator: Hello, and welcome to the White House.

  • With this season's theme, a timeless tradition,

  • the decorations throughout the White House inspire

  • visitors to celebrate long-held traditions,

  • while also creating new memories.

  • The holidaycor was executed by 89 volunteers

  • from across the country.

  • Let's go inside.

  • Multiple Speakers: Welcome to the White House!

  • Female Speaker: We're the 2015 holiday volunteers.

  • Enjoy the tour!

  • Narrator: An administrative tradition,

  • the East Landing customarily honors the courageous men

  • and women of the armed forces.

  • The names on these ornaments pay tribute to those heroes

  • who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

  • Families of Gold Star service members are invited

  • to honor their loved ones by hanging special Gold Star

  • ornaments here on the tree.

  • (music)

  • To learn more about how to support our troops,

  • veterans, military families, and gold star families,

  • visit JoiningForces.gov.

  • (music)

  • Each of the 56 states and territories that make up the

  • United States is represented with a snowflake dangling

  • from the ceiling in the East Colonnade.

  • Starting a new tradition last season,

  • Mrs. Obama asked public school students from

  • Washington, DC to share their dreams for the future

  • in the East Colonnade.

  • This year, those goals are featured on the

  • hand-crafted snowflakes.

  • (music)

  • The wintry stroll continues through the East Colonnade

  • into the East Garden Room, a space dedicated to the White

  • House's current furry inhabitants, Bo and Sunny.

  • Hey, there they are now.

  • While dreams of milk bones and tennis balls dance in

  • their heads, the First Family's Portuguese water

  • dogs are here to help celebrate the season.

  • (music)

  • From classic works of fiction,

  • to first-hand accounts of important moments in our

  • nation's history, the books in the White House library,

  • over 2,700 in total, surround the room

  • and fill the walls.

  • Designed and decorated by Carol Lim and Huberto Leon

  • of opening ceremony in Kenzo,

  • this room features a holiday forged of novels and

  • manuscripts, and is trimmed with pages of text that

  • celebrate our American story.

  • Gilded silver illuminates portraits of First Ladies in

  • the Vermeil Room, designed and decorated by Duro Olowu.

  • Two Christmas trees dressed in vintage fabric create a

  • vibrant image of the holiday season.

  • The festive displays, warm and inviting,

  • emulate hospitality shown by First Ladies

  • throughout history.

  • (music)

  • The China Room's holidaycor,

  • designed and decorated by Carolina Herrera,

  • is inspired by the Obama family's China service.

  • Chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama,

  • this china pattern features a bright Kailua blue,

  • evoking the waters off the coasts of the President's

  • home state of Hawaii.

  • Four grand trees adorned with ornate decorations help

  • enliven the largest room in the White House.

  • A long-standing holiday tradition,

  • the White House crèche, graces this room.

  • The nativity scene, made of terracotta and

  • intricately-carved wood, was fashioned in Naples, Italy,

  • in the 18th century.

  • Donated to the White House in the 1960s,

  • this piece has sat in the East Room for the holidays

  • for more than 45 years, spanning 9 administrations.

  • Inspired by friends flocking together to celebrate the

  • holidays, garlands of sparkling gems and teal

  • ornaments plumed with peacock features deck the

  • trees and mantle in the Green Room.

  • This room, with walls covered by emerald silk,

  • has played host to private dinners and teas

  • throughout the years.

  • (music)

  • Inside this oval room, one of four in the White House,

  • the official White House Christmas tree,

  • a Fraser fir from Bustard's Christmas Tree Farm in

  • Lansdale, Pennsylvania, stands 18 feet,

  • 1 inch tall from trunk to tip.

  • Dedicated to our nation's service members, veterans,

  • and their families, it is ornamented with holiday

  • messages of hope for our troops,

  • and patriotic symbols of red, white, and blue.

  • To compliment its vibrant ruby hue,

  • the Red Room customarily glistens with cranberries

  • during the holidays.

  • The two Christmas trees in the windows emit a warm

  • crimson glow, as cranberry garlands, apples,

  • and pomegranates decorate their branches.

  • Bright red cardinals and crisp,

  • golden oak leaves embody the cheerful spirit of the

  • season, and accentuate the wintry green garland that

  • drapes across the mantle.

  • (music)

  • President and Mrs. John Adams hosted the first White

  • House Christmas party in December of 1800.

  • And while holiday celebrations were not grand

  • state affairs, they became family-oriented traditions

  • that promoted good cheer amongst children

  • and adults alike.

  • The Kennedy administration represented a new

  • generation, and accordingly, introduced a livelier form

  • of entertaining.

  • Guests mingled, while sharing traditional

  • libations in the State Dining Room.

  • And the People's House emerged as a symbol

  • of national pride.

  • (music)

  • The White House executive pastry chef, Susan Morrison,

  • is shown here with the annual White House

  • gingerbread house, a staple of the holidays

  • for the past half-century.

  • (music)

  • During the holidays, beneath a gaze of Presidents past,

  • and surrounded by the history of our great nation,

  • friends and fellow Americans fill the White House with

  • laughter and joy.

  • Thanks for coming by the White House,

  • and Happy Holidays!

  • (music)

  • Multiple Speakers: Happy Holidays!

  • Male Speaker: From the People's House to your house.

Narrator: Hello, and welcome to the White House.

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