It’s Christmas time everywhere, and the White House is in full festivity mode. The official theme of the White House is “Shine, Give, Share” but the décor was inspired by the First Dog himself whose likeness is found in every room.
The Portuguese water dog is confused by his stardom, wandering room to room and seeing himself in sculptures – each made of various materials such as: 1,911 pieces of licorice, pom-poms, felt, 318 buttons, and even trash bags. The unique sculptures also come in various sizes from four-and-a-half feet tall down to nine-and-a-half inches.The First Lady hosted an event inviting military children to join her in decorating ornaments and cookies depicting Bo. The children were absolutely delighted when the guest of honor sauntered into the room to enjoy the love and energy of the children, and possibly snatch a treat.
According to the White House the “Shine, Give, Share” theme is focused on highlighting the contribution of our troops and centered on the “countless ways we can lift up those around us, put our best self forward in the spirit of the season…and share our blessings with all.” 136 volunteers helped decorate using 300 pounds of gingerbread, 37 trees, and five Bo topiaries.
Tributes to America’s service members can be found throughout the White House which is expected to receive over 85,000 visitors this holiday. Visitors are invited to send handwritten notes to troops around the world. There is a special tree devoted to honor the families of the nation’s Gold Star recipients, adorned with names of loved one’s lost in service. Another tree is decorated with letters from military children around the country.