My brother Rob works for The White House as their web developer therefore was able to get me into the Christmas Tour along with our Mom (Ma) and Dad. It was beautiful. The theme this year is red, white, and blue, very patriotic. Let me take you on the tour with me. Come on, this way…
Above, Rob and I as we are entering The White House. We are greeted by these huge Uncle Sam nut crackers. Then we were welcomed by a very patriotic Santa.
The view from the East Wing hallway.
Right across the hall is The Library.
Just outside of The Library we ran into Dave and Julie Almacy, fellow bloggers and friends. Dave of the website Capital Gig had worked for The White House for many years and was a fantastic tour guide.
THE EAST ROOM
The East Room is a grand room decorated beautifully with trees, tulips, Nativity Scene, and some famous paintings of our past presidents: the grandest being the classic George Washington portrait.
THE GREEN ROOM
My favorite piece in the Green Room; The Argand Lamp.
The Blue Room was completely emptied to host the grand Christmas Tree decorated in the themed red, white, and blue ornaments representing each state. The tree went to the tippy top of the room.
The State Dining Room hosts the portrait of Abraham Lincoln looking mighty young. Below is The White House done in white chocolate. The neat little tid bit Dave gave us was that one year he was invited down to film Barney playing with the remains of The White House Gingerbread Display. You know something like Barney running through it. But instead the team had a good time talking to the pastry chefs. The pastry chefs told them that they have to repair the gingerbread homes each night as the guests find them fun to nibble on. Note to self- don’t nibble on the gingerbread houses while in The White House, it really ticks off the chefs.
GARLANDS, FLOWERS, SWAGS, AND GINGERBREADS
Look at the size of those poinsettias behind Ma and Dad.
THE NORTH ENTRANCE
THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE
My SIL Tonya and I by the National Christmas Tree.
“Houston we have a problem.” Uh oh the little train that travels around the tree had a little too much White House egg nog. I heard from a very good source that The White House egg nog is very potent.
Below is my favorite picture of the National Christmas Tree. There is also a Capitol Christmas Tree in which I hope to visit soon. A fellow blogger Karen, of Karen Cooks was able to visit The Capitol Christmas Tree in Havre, Montana, her home state and the state which donated the tree from one of their beautiful forests. Visit her blog post about The Capitol Christmas Tree here. Karen I’ll get over there soon so I can get you a picture!
Thanks Rob for getting me in. Thanks Dave for the neat facts, information, and pointing out Doro and the Sec. of Education, all right before my clueless eyes! The original Fab Four Klauses had a great time!
PS- AN INTERESTING TID BIT
Look how thick the glass is.
PPS- Do you think my students would hand their homework in on time if I dressed like this to work?