White House Christmas 2015: Timeless Traditions

December 9, 2015

By Tab Byrum


I’m always anxious to see the decorations at the White House every year, and this year does NOT disappoint with a theme of Timeless Traditions. Every year a different theme is chosen, traditionally by the First Lady and the White House staff, then their teams begin designing and organizing, all this takes place early in the year as it takes quite a while to orchestrate a decorating task of this magnitude. Volunteers are brought in every year to help install the decorations, many of them being professional decorators and florists from around the country, this year much of the coordination was done by event organizer Bryan Rafanelli. The decorations are installed shortly after Thanksgiving and the White House is transformed from being the home of a world leader to a magical place filled with color and wonder.


This year I love what they accomplished with color and lots of sparkle, to me the decorations have a little more contemporary feel to them and are definitely geared towards children as you’ll see in today’s post, from snowflake filled hallways to gigantic gumball machines in the State Dining Room. Mrs. Obama recently unveiled the decorations at a sneak peek party thrown for U.S. Service Men and Women and their families.  Join me today for a peek behind the doors of the Executive Mansion this holiday season, Enjoy!!!


This is a little closer look at the main White House Christmas tree that is always placed in the Blue Room. This year’s tree had a Red, White, and Blue theme.


This is 500-pound chocolate gingerbread replica of the White House, every year the White House kitchens and chefs create an homage to the Executive Mansion in gingerbread and it’s placed in the State Dining Room. 


A peek inside one of the giant gumball machines full of Christmas goodies in the White House State Dining Room.

White House Holidays

The First Lady invited the world of fashion to help decorate the White House this year, she invited four American designers that she’s worn their clothes to design decorations for the house. Here is the ground floor library with trees and decorations designed by Humberto Leon. 


Mrs. Obama’s focus has always been on military service members and their families, here you can send a card or letter to an American Service Person for the holidays. 


I LOVE these fun and bright contemporary decorations surrounding the mantel in the State Dining room. 


These decorations focused on the Obama family pets, Bo and Sunny, the dogs were recreated using 55,000 feet of yarn and the topiaries are made of the dogs favorite toys, tennis balls. 


A Secret Service person walks among the 56 snow people inhabiting the Jackie Kennedy Rose Garden, there’s one snowman for each of the 50 states and our 6 protectorates. 


This is one of my favorites pictures from the White House this year, hundreds of hand-made snowflakes hang from the ceiling of a hallway. I bet this is spectacular at night. 

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