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White House Christmas Decoration Countdown: 25 Days

The top of the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room

In the fine tradition of Jews helping you celebrate your holiday, from writing your songs (from “White Christmas” to “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer”) to making your Christmas movies, I too am going to help you celebrate Christmas this year.  Even though I’m not celebrating it myself.

I went to the White House on Friday, and before the meeting, we got a tour of the Christmas decorations including a brief chat with the White House pastry chef who told us how they constructed the edible White House this year.  Rather than dump all the pictures on you at once, I thought I’d post one a day, in the morning, as a countdown to Christmas (these daily posts would be in addition to my normal written posts).  A visual advent calendar of images from what Michelle Obama calls “the People’s House.”

All the posts are under the category “Jew with a View” because I got a great view of the White House, and in case you didn’t catch it in the last 6 years of blogging, I’m Jewish.  Plus, I wanted a general category because I often have awesome photos from events, and it would be fun to release them in themed daily-ish cycles.

So tune in every morning, perhaps over your breakfast cereal, for a photo (with or without fun facts) from the White House including Bo-Flakes (as well as the very real and fuzzy Bo who was hanging out by a Christmas Tree), ornaments, and many boughs of holly.  Tra la la la la la la la la.  My Christmas gift to you since I’m not getting y’all anything else.

Near the front hall of the East Wing


1 Amy { 12.01.12 at 1:28 pm }

Mel, that’s a very patriotic christmas tree you’re standing in front of.

2 Meghan { 12.01.12 at 1:54 pm }

Cute idea!

3 Stupid Stork { 12.01.12 at 6:33 pm }

Hahaha thank you, Jewish community, for my Christmas movies!

Look at you cutie.

4 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.01.12 at 9:26 pm }

You look gorgeous.

Tree — what tree?

5 a { 12.01.12 at 10:26 pm }

Edible White House? Sounds delicious…

Great photo!

6 tigger62077 { 12.01.12 at 10:42 pm }

This post already had me giggling. I had to read it out loud to Aaron, who was nonplussed, but hey, it amused me! I am looking forward to these posts.

7 Mali { 12.02.12 at 4:02 pm }

Great photo! I always find it interesting to read your perspectives – from a US point of view and a Jewish one. So I’m looking forward to this series.

8 Pam/Wordgirl { 12.02.12 at 8:45 pm }

Hi Lovely!

Love your take on all things.



9 sass { 12.03.12 at 7:05 am }

This is too fun. Thanks for sharing!

10 loribeth { 12.03.12 at 10:11 am }

I beg to differ, Mel — every day you post, you give us all a gift — your humour, your wisdom, your insight, your empathy. : ) What a fabulous (& very American) tree! Looking forward to the rest of the countdown…!

11 Lacie { 12.04.12 at 7:39 am }

Hi Mel!
Just went back to read this and I am SO GLAD that I did! Thank you, as always, for the education, insight, warmth and cheer! I loved the NYT article and really enjoy when you share insight into the Jewish culture. I thank Mr. Irving Berlin for such a beautiful song and many other Jewish songwriters, actors and directors for much of the holiday cheer that is coming our way. I seriously love this advent calendar of yours, so thanks for sharing.

12 Astral { 12.06.12 at 1:08 pm }

You are beautiful!!

13 Tiara { 12.06.12 at 2:52 pm }

Love this idea!! thanks for sharing! & that photo of you is beautiful!!

14 Chickenpig { 12.09.12 at 8:45 pm }

Are there any other holiday decorations at the White House? I would hope that there would be at least one menorah in the joint. Thank you for taking pictures of the Christmas decorations for us, they are beautiful, and so are you, in body and spirit 🙂 A very happy holiday season to you!

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