It's time for my favorite White House decoration, the gingerbread White House. Michelle Obama and Chef Bill Yosses unveiled the 2010 white chocolate gingerbread White House which, like last year's, features marzipan replicas of the Obama family dog, Bo, and the White House kitchen garden. The theme for the White House Christmas 2010 is "Simple Gifts." The house weighs 350 pounds and and 30 pounds of honey from the White House beehive was used to make the gingerbread. This year's house has cutouts to show the East Room and the State Dining Room. The First Lady also decorated cookies with children from military families.
The Simple Gifts theme is shown in some of the displays which focus on capturing a homespun charm. Other decorations include magnolia and oak leaf garlands, and paper white flower blossoms and a "military appreciation tree" decorated to honor the five branches of the military in the East Wing visitor's entrance; wreaths made of natural materials such as oranges, pears and dried flowers in the East Colonnade; white poinsettia trees in garden planters and garlands of white poinsettias in the Lower Cross Hall; four large Christmas trees with hand-crafted decorations in turquoise, purple, green and gold with a bird and floral theme in the East Room; and in the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas Tree, an 18 1/2-foot Douglas fir anchored to the ceiling to keep it from tipping over, with a theme honoring county and state fairs.
Curbed breaks down the history of Christmas decorations at the White House including the introduction of the National Christmas Tree by President Coolidge in 1923.
Gallery: 2010 White House Gingerbread House