Christmas at the White House by BrightwoodLiving

The author in the East Room with one of her favorite White House paintings.

It’s that time of year again — time to take the White House Christmas tour. This year was my 9th year taking the tour, and to tell you the truth it’s not nearly as exciting as it used to be — but I’m always grateful for the opportunity.

This year’s theme was a red, white and blue holiday, but my favorite trees were the white trees with the icicles. Here are a few highlights from the State Floor:

In the Cross Hall, looking into the East Room.

The tree next to the front door. Continues after the jump.

The Red Room (the roses were amazing).

The top of the official White House tree. It’s impossible to get a photo of the whole tree — you can’t stand far enough back on the tour.

The garland surrounding the painting is filled with drums and flags.

The white chocolate covered gingerbread house.

If you’ve been on a lot of tours, it’s easy to quickly walk through the house without appreciating your surroundings, so this time I challenged myself to take photos of some interesting details:

One of the many chandeliers in the Cross Hall.

The view from the Green Room — love the vines growing on the fence.

Close-up of the curtains in the State Dining Room.

The beautiful facade of the North Portico.

HGTV is airing its special on the White House Christmas decorations at these times: December 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM; December 25, 2008 at 11:00 PM; and December 26, 2008 at 3:00 AM. The program is pretty interesting — it shows how they go about planning months in advance and all the work that goes into decorating the White House for Christmas.

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6 Comment

  • wow cool shots. love your blog too brightwoodliving!

  • Wow, how do you get the chance to go on that tour?

    My wife would love it

  • The White House is a magnificent place, added note…it is newsworthy President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush donated coats to Pathways to Housing DC which serve the mentally ill and the homeless.

  • Lovely pictures…I wish I had HGTV so that I could see the special. It’s nice to think that there will be little children in the White House now; a friend of mine said that those old White House ghosts won’t know what hit them. There will be a totally different sense of energy in the place.

    I went by your blog, and now I covet your Kitchen Aid mixer! 🙂 No room in my kitchen for one, I’m afraid. Did you go for that big-daddy industrial model or the smaller one?

  • Thanks for the nice comments — I’m an employee (career, not political), and that’s how I get to go on the tours. (Before 9/11 it was open to the public.) Christina — I got the big-daddy lifting mixer (600 series) — and I love it.

  • thsnks brightwood living fun post and i love your blog

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