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First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations

First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations

A gingerbread White House

Chicago Tribune

Washington- In styling the Obamas’ first Christmas at the White House, Michelle Obama went grand, glorious and green.

The largest tree in the mansion, an 18-foot Douglas fir adorning the Blue Room, is festooned with hundreds of ornaments, all recycled from previous administrations and spruced up by groups around the country to reflect cherished landmarks.

Chicagoans clearly had a vote, since the city is represented in orbs singling out the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History.

“Sweet home, Chicago” is the rhapsody on another ornament.

It takes its place with ornaments depicting a Georgia peach, a Maryland crab and others heralding spots from Maine (the Wiggly Bridge near York Harbor) to California (the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library).

The tree’s wide-ribbon garland and its other accents are recycled too. And its glimmering lights are all from low-voltage LED bulbs.

At a press preview Wednesday, Obama revealed the year’s holiday theme, “Reflect, Rejoice, Renew,” and the reason for it.

For the Obama family, she said, Christmas and the New Year have “always been a time to reflect on our many blessings, to rejoice in the pleasure of spending time with our family and our friends, and to renew our commitment to one another and to the causes that we believe in.”