Laura Bush Shows Off Christmas Decorations at the White House
U.S. first lady Laura Bush introduces the 2008 holiday decorations in the East Room of the White House during a media preview December 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The White House 2008 holiday theme is "A Red, White and Blue Christmas". More than 60,000 visitors are expected to tour the holiday decorations. (Getty Images)more pics » WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS STATS
- 369 hand-decorated ornaments on the Blue Room's Christmas tree
- 1,250,000 Christmas cards will be sent by the First Family
- 780 feet of garland
- 232 wreaths
- 412 poinsettias
- 22,000 holiday cookies
- 3,000 grapefruits
- 600 pounds of asparagus
- 700 gallons of eggnog
The theme is "A Red, White and Blue Christmas," focusing, of course, on patriotism. The First Lady was very sweet on camera (as usual) and emphasized that the family is looking to buy a new home in Dallas, so they won't be spending too much on embellishments this time around. Instead, they'll be recycling some old favorites - and going green by using LED-friendly lights.
Still, the sheer quantity of what goes into decorating this place is outrageous (check out the sidebar). So if you are one of the lucky 60,000 visitors expected to walk through the White House this Christmas, you can expect plenty of goodies, including lobster, smoked salmon, lamb chops and chocolate truffles, just to name a few.
Laura Bush asked members of Congress to hit up local artists for decorations this year.
Here's a cute tidbit: When Hillary Clinton was showing Laura Bush around after President Bush had just been elected, she showed her a window in the First Lady's dressing room with a great view of the Rose Garden and the Oval Office. Barbara Bush had passed the info down to her. So Laura told Michelle Obama about it, too:
"I told her she could tell that to the next person that followed her. So I think there's a great tradition of transition in the United States." Awww.
Here are some standout photos of the festive decor:
The East Room.
My personal favorite: a gingerbread White House on display in the State Dining Room.
Source: Associated Press
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