Here’s how the Obama family decorated the White House for their last holiday

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No one decks the halls quite like the Obama family.

The White House has been transformed for the family’s last holiday living there, complete with snowball arches, a 19-foot Douglas fir tree, and a gingerbread replica of their famous address.

Step inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to see how the First Family celebrates Christmastime.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Each year, the First Family chooses a theme.

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2016’s pick was “The Gift of the Holidays.”

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First lady Michelle Obama greets children of military families in the White House during a preview of the 2016 holiday decor.
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The Associated Press reported the theme was selected “to reflect the joy of giving and receiving, along with such gifts as service, friends, family, education and good health.”


The White House has been wrapped in 8,000 bows and ribbons.

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A 19-foot Douglas fir, donated by a tree farm in Pennsylvania, fills out the Blue Room.

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Fifty-six gingerbread houses made from LEGO, representing each state and US territory, sit on display in the State Dining Room. This home pays tribute to Washington, DC.

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There, a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln is flanked by two LEGO “gingerfriends.”

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Not to be outdone, the traditional White House gingerbread house is made up of 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, and 20 pounds of icing.

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It wouldn’t be complete without Bo and Sunny, the First Family’s pet dogs. Twenty pounds of sculpted sugar and 20 pounds of gum paste bring the White House characters to life.

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Supersized versions of the presidential pets — made of more than 25,000 yarn pom-poms — sit at attention in the East Wing Hallway.

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They get their very own dog-themed ornaments and presents.

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The Lower Cross Hall has been transformed into a winter wonderland, courtesy of these “snowball arches,” created from more than 6,000 ornaments.

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Snowmen line the corridor, where a portrait of Hillary Clinton hangs.

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The East Colonnade sparkles with 7,500 strands of colored ribbon and crystal ornaments.

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Christmas cards from past presidents are framed in the Booksellers area.

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The Library of the White House dazzles with more Christmas trees.

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It won’t be easy for Santa to get through the library’s fireplace.

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Wreaths hang in the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Red Room.

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These Christmas presents in the Red Room are covered in miniature ornaments.

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The Green Room comes to life with fresh garlands and trees.

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The number of trees in this house (and the China Room alone) is overwhelming.

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The East Room, where the president addresses the press and visitors, also got a makeover.

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This nutcracker could dunk on President Obama.

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It took 92 volunteers from across the country to put up the holiday decor.

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Only 10% of the decorations are new, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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The First Family will call the White House home until January 20, 2017.

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