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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 holiday décor 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.
To learn more about how to support our troops,
veterans, military families, and gold star families,
visit JoiningForces.gov.
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.
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.
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.
The China Room's holiday décor,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Multiple Speakers: Happy Holidays!
Male Speaker: From the People's House to your house.
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360 Holiday Tour at the White House

3542 Folder Collection
韓澐 published on April 19, 2016
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