White House Christmas 2011 – “Shine, Give, Share” | Exclusive Preview with First Lady Michelle Obama

Aired on December 1, 2011

World Footprints had the honor of previewing the White House Christmas decorations for 2011, where this year’s theme, “Shine, Give, Share,” celebrated the countless ways we can lift up those around us. The theme was beautifully represented through the use of shiny objects, including silver garland, glittering trees, quartz ornaments, copper accents, and other metallics, creating a festive and reflective atmosphere.

In this video, we take you behind the scenes to areas not open during public tours, introducing some of the dedicated volunteers who crafted the handmade decorations from simple materials. Despite the challenge of navigating through a larger than usual crowd of journalists and photographers, we captured the essence of this special event, which has become one of our cherished annual traditions.

Inside the White House at Christmas

The White House Christmas decor included 37 trees, with 30 natural trees and 7 made from paper, felt, or aluminum. The Blue Room featured the official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot-6-inch balsam fir from Neshkoro, Wisconsin, adorned with holiday cards created by military children and ornaments displaying medals, badges, and patches from all military branches.

A highlight for many is the annual 400-pound gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room, complete with a marzipan figure of Bo, the famous First Dog. On the East Landing, the Gold Star Families Tree pays tribute to fallen service members and their families, with visitors invited to leave messages of gratitude and Gold Star families able to inscribe ceramic gold stars with personal notes.

Throughout the White House, images of First Dog Bo add a playful touch to the festive decor, with 5 Bo Topiaries made from various materials like felt, buttons, pom-poms, candy, and even trash bags. Bo ornaments and other small depictions of Bo can be found in every room, delighting visitors of all ages.

Welcoming Military Families

Following the media tour, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families for the first look at the holiday decorations. She spoke to parents, spouses, and children of service members in the East Room before inviting the kids to the State Dining Room to decorate cookies and make Christmas tree ornaments. Bo also made a grand entrance, much to the delight of the children.

For a more in-depth tour and information about visiting the White House during the Christmas season, visit the White House website for instructions.

For more heartwarming stories and exclusive insights, visit World Footprints.

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Experience the magic of the 2011 White House Christmas with World Footprints.

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