OK, for all those interested in the DC social scene, I have the scoop on the holiday food and decor at the White House. Today Laura Bush announced the White House 2007 holiday theme: “Holiday in the National Parks.”

This is what the White House has to say about it:Holiday decorations include a model of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras Lighthouse welcoming visitors in the East Foyer; paintings depicting Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park and Utah’s Zion National Park “perfectly situated” in the niches of the Cross Hall; a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty National Memorial in the Grand Foyer; and the Gingerbread White House featuring the Bush family pets along with creatures found in our national parks. (Are the Bush family pets attacking a bear in the gingerbread scene? Or chasing some endangered butterflies?)

The official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot Fraser fir from Mistletoe Meadows Christmas Tree Farm in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, is adorned with ornaments representing America’s national parks.  Each ornament reflects the diversity of our national landscapes and the many wonderful and unique treasures found from sea to shining sea.

 

EAST WING

  • Large model of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina
  • Nine festive evergreen wreaths accented by gold pine cones
  • Six panels featuring photos of presidents and first families celebrating Christmas at the White House and visiting America’s national parks
  • Christmas cards from ten presidential administrations
  • Original artwork of this year’s White House Christmas card, holiday reception invitation, and holiday tour booklet

 

GROUND FLOOR CORRIDOR

 Ground Floor Corridor:

  • Terra cotta model of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota
  • Hand-painted model of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona

 Vermeil Room:

  • Mantel adorned with green garland, gold pine cones and glass birds

 

Library:

  • Green garland on mantel accented by gold pine cones and gold leaves
  • Miniature Christmas trees decorated with gold leaves

 

STATE FLOOR

 

Cross Hall and Grand Foyer:

  • Three-foot model of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New Jersey
  • Oil paintings by Adrian Martinez depicting Hopi Point in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, and a waterfall rushing into the Virgin River in Utah’s Zion National Park
  • Eight snow-covered Christmas trees dotted with gold lights, and gold birds and butterflies
  • Green garlands with gold pine cones, gold leaves, and gold lights adorn the doorways

 East Room:

  • Green garlands accented with gold lights, gold leaves, and gold pine cones grace the mantles and doorways
  • The traditional crèche, made in Italy in the 18th century, which has been displayed in the East Room since 1967
  • Two sixteen-foot Christmas trees trimmed with glass ornaments, gold globes, gold birds, gold leaves, and gold lights

 Green Room:

  • The mantle is draped in green garlands laden with gold blown-glass acorns and gold pine cones
  • Side tables arranged with small Christmas trees decorated with ornamental birds and birds’ nests

 

Blue Room:

  • The official White House Christmas tree is an eighteen-foot Fraser fir presented to Mrs. Bush by Joe Freeman and Linda Jones of Mistletoe Meadows Christmas Tree Farm in Laurel Springs, North Carolina
  • The tree is decorated with 347 ornaments hand-created by artists whose designs represent America’s national parks, memorials, seashores historic sites and monuments

Red Room:

  • Mantel is adorned by green garland filled with gold seashells emblematic of America’s national seashores
  • Cranberry tree, a White House tradition dating back to 1975, sits on a side table

 

State Dining Room:

  • Sconces adorned with mixed greenery, gold ribbons, and gold pine cones
  • Mantle framed by green garland with gold leaves, gold lights, and gold pine cones
  • Gingerbread White House
    • Based on the original blueprints created by architect James Hoban
    • 40¾  inches north to south
    • Took nearly three months to create
    • Contains a gingerbread foundation and has a white chocolate exterior
    • Created with more than 300 pounds of white chocolate and gingerbread
    • Features the Bush family pets along with creatures found in our national parks

 

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