360 Holiday Tour at the White House
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360 Holiday Tour at the White House

Narrator: Hello, and
welcome to the White House. With this season’s theme,
a timeless tradition, the decorations throughout
the White House inspire visitors to celebrate
long-held traditions, while also creating
new memories. The holiday décor was
executed by 89 volunteers from across the country. Let’s go inside. Multiple Speakers: Welcome
to the White House! Female Speaker: We’re the
2015 holiday volunteers. Enjoy the tour! Narrator: An
administrative tradition, the East Landing customarily
honors the courageous men and women of the
armed forces. The names on these ornaments
pay tribute to those heroes who made the ultimate
sacrifice for our country. Families of Gold Star
service members are invited to honor their loved ones
by hanging special Gold Star ornaments here on the tree. (music) To learn more about how
to support our troops, veterans, military families,
and gold star families, visit JoiningForces.gov. (music) Each of the 56 states and
territories that make up the United States is represented
with a snowflake dangling from the ceiling in
the East Colonnade. Starting a new
tradition last season, Mrs. Obama asked public
school students from Washington, DC to share
their dreams for the future in the East Colonnade. This year, those goals are
featured on the hand-crafted snowflakes. (music) The wintry stroll continues
through the East Colonnade into the East Garden Room, a
space dedicated to the White House’s current furry
inhabitants, Bo and Sunny. Hey, there they are now. While dreams of milk bones
and tennis balls dance in their heads, the First
Family’s Portuguese water dogs are here to help
celebrate the season. (music) From classic
works of fiction, to first-hand accounts of
important moments in our nation’s history, the books
in the White House library, over 2,700 in total,
surround the room and fill the walls. Designed and decorated by
Carol Lim and Huberto Leon of opening
ceremony in Kenzo, this room features a
holiday forged of novels and manuscripts, and is trimmed
with pages of text that celebrate our
American story. Gilded silver illuminates
portraits of First Ladies in the Vermeil Room, designed
and decorated by Duro Olowu. Two Christmas trees dressed
in vintage fabric create a vibrant image of
the holiday season. The festive displays,
warm and inviting, emulate hospitality shown
by First Ladies throughout history. (music) The China Room’s
holiday décor, designed and decorated
by Carolina Herrera, is inspired by the Obama
family’s China service. Chosen by First
Lady Michelle Obama, this china pattern features
a bright Kailua blue, evoking the waters off the
coasts of the President’s home state of Hawaii. Four grand trees adorned
with ornate decorations help enliven the largest
room in the White House. A long-standing
holiday tradition, the White House crèche,
graces this room. The nativity scene,
made of terracotta and intricately-carved wood, was
fashioned in Naples, Italy, in the 18th century. Donated to the White
House in the 1960s, this piece has sat in the
East Room for the holidays for more than 45 years,
spanning 9 administrations. Inspired by friends flocking
together to celebrate the holidays, garlands of
sparkling gems and teal ornaments plumed with
peacock features deck the trees and mantle
in the Green Room. This room, with walls
covered by emerald silk, has played host to private
dinners and teas throughout the years. (music) Inside this oval room, one
of four in the White House, the official White
House Christmas tree, a Fraser fir from Bustard’s
Christmas Tree Farm in Lansdale, Pennsylvania,
stands 18 feet, 1 inch tall from
trunk to tip. Dedicated to our nation’s
service members, veterans, and their families, it is
ornamented with holiday messages of hope
for our troops, and patriotic symbols
of red, white, and blue. To compliment its
vibrant ruby hue, the Red Room customarily
glistens with cranberries during the holidays. The two Christmas trees
in the windows emit a warm crimson glow, as cranberry
garlands, apples, and pomegranates
decorate their branches. Bright red
cardinals and crisp, golden oak leaves embody
the cheerful spirit of the season, and accentuate the
wintry green garland that drapes across the mantle. (music) President and Mrs. John
Adams hosted the first White House Christmas party
in December of 1800. And while holiday
celebrations were not grand state affairs, they became
family-oriented traditions that promoted good cheer
amongst children and adults alike. The Kennedy administration
represented a new generation, and accordingly,
introduced a livelier form of entertaining. Guests mingled, while
sharing traditional libations in the
State Dining Room. And the People’s House
emerged as a symbol of national pride. (music) The White House executive
pastry chef, Susan Morrison, is shown here with
the annual White House gingerbread house, a staple
of the holidays for the past half-century. (music) During the holidays, beneath
a gaze of Presidents past, and surrounded by the
history of our great nation, friends and fellow Americans
fill the White House with laughter and joy. Thanks for coming
by the White House, and Happy Holidays! (music) Multiple Speakers:
Happy Holidays! Male Speaker: From the
People’s House to your house.

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