Decor highlights from Obama’s last Christmas in the White House

If there’s one house that does Christmas decorations right, it’s the White House. 

Before he moves into his new Washington home in January, US President Obama and his family have one last Christmas in the White House – and it’s fair to say they’re going out with a bang.

Themed ‘The Gift of the Holidays’, this year’s White House holiday decorations were designed to “reflect on the joy of giving and receiving but also the true gifts of life, such as service, friends and family, education and good health, as we celebrate the holiday season,” according to the official press release from the Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama welcomes the 2016 White House Christmas tree

Michelle Obama welcomes the 2016 White House Christmas tree. Picture: Getty Images

Highlights include 56 Lego gingerbread houses – one for each state and territory, a 5m-tall Christmas tree, ‘snowball’ arches created from more than 6,000 ornaments, 8,000 bows and ribbons lining the East Hallway and larger than life replicas – made from 25,000 yarn pom-poms – of the Obamas’ much-loved pooches, Sunny and Bo.

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The majority of the holiday decor was designed by Rafanelli Events and was installed by 92 volunteers from across the United States.

Despite the help she received, the overall vision reeks of the First Lady’s influence, with subtle hat tips to some of her primary initiatives as First Lady, including Let’s Move, with inspired healthy treats decorating the Green Room.

Sunny and Bo

The stars of the show, Sunny and Bo, appear to be pretty happy with their tribute this year. Picture: Getty Images

At the first party of the Obamas’ last White House holiday season, Michelle Obama spoke to military families – the first to see the epic decorations – about how the process of decorating the house is one of her favourite Christmas traditions.

An impressive 90% of the decorations were repurposed from last year’s decorations, including the “snow people” which were displayed outside in 2015 and now sit indoors in the Ground Floor Corridor next to a portrait of Senator Hillary Clinton.


This snowman is reviving his role from last year’s White House display. Picture: Getty Images

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