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Christmas 2012 at The White House: Ornaments, China, Trees and Bo as Doggy Santa

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President and Mrs. Obama stroll outside The White House yesterday.

Michelle Obama has impeccable taste. She and her daughters always look stunning and fresh, so it’s no surprise that under her supervision The White House becomes a grand, beautiful sight to behold at Christmastime. According to WhiteHouse.gov, “The 2012 decorations embrace several beloved White House traditions: There are 54 decorated trees throughout the residence, and four of them on display in the Grand Foyer are trimmed with ornaments that pay tribute to the holiday legacies of former First Ladies dating back to Mrs. Kennedy, including some original ornaments from years past.” This year’s theme is Joy to All, and is meant to celebrate “the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks,” the First Lady says.

Take a look at her glorious china, exquisite trees and decorations (including a tree in the Oval Office!) — and most importantly — an amazingly adorable video of Bo Obama as doggy Santa Claus:

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  • FLOTUS and Daughters Receive the National Tree 1 of 17
    FLOTUS and Daughters Receive the National Tree
    If only I could look back on my teenage years and see such an incredible wardrobe.
  • Crafts in the State Dining Room 2 of 17
    Crafts in the State Dining Room
    First Lady Michelle Obama shows the honey tea stirrer that she made with children of military families during a craft project in the State Dining Room of the White House during the holiday press preview, Nov. 28, 2012.
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    Green Room
    First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children of military families in the Green Room of the White House during the Christmas holiday press preview, Nov. 28, 2012.
  • Blue Room 4 of 17
    Blue Room
    First Lady Michelle Obama walks with children of military families in the Blue Room of the White House during the Christmas holiday press preview, Nov. 28, 2012.
  • Oval Office 5 of 17
    Oval Office
    There's room for a little holiday cheer in the boss' work environment!
  • Truman China 6 of 17
    Truman China
    "In the China Room, a table has been set to illustrate the joy of families sitting down to enjoy a holiday dinner. The dinner plates are from the Truman China set, which was selected by First Lady Bess Truman in 1951 and is the first state china service to feature the Presidential Coat of Arms as redesigned by President Harry Truman in 1945," according to WhiteHouse.gov.
  • First Lady Ornament Collection 7 of 17
    First Lady Ornament Collection
    Lady Bird Johnson celebrated Christmas with an "Early Americana" theme. The trees were decorated with gingerbread ornaments and toy soldiers.
  • First Lady Ornament Collection 8 of 17
    First Lady Ornament Collection
    From Pat Nixon's "State Flower Ball" theme in 1969. This Illinois State Flower Ball is a select piece from the original collection.
  • First Lady Ornament Collection 9 of 17
    First Lady Ornament Collection
    In honor of Barbara Bush and her love of literacy.
  • First Lady Ornament Collection 10 of 17
    First Lady Ornament Collection
    In honor of Nancy Reagan's "Old Fashion Christmas" decorating theme.
  • First Lady Ornament Collection 11 of 17
    First Lady Ornament Collection
    In honor of Hillary Clinton's 1998 "Winter Wonderland" decorating theme.
  • First Lady Ornament Collection 12 of 17
    First Lady Ornament Collection
    In honor of Michelle Obama and her dedication to military families.
  • The 2012 National Christmas Tree 13 of 17
    The 2012 National Christmas Tree
    Lit December 6th in front of The White House. It's a 28-foot blue spruce covered in white lights and topped with a yellow star.
  • First Lady Reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 14 of 17
    First Lady Reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
    At the lighting of the national Christmas tree on December 6th.
  • The Grand Staircase 15 of 17
    The Grand Staircase
    I love the decorations on the railing. I think this staircase is bigger than my entire apartment.
  • Wreaths on The Colonnade 16 of 17
    Wreaths on The Colonnade
    The President and Mrs. Obama catch up during a quick walk outside The White House on December 6th.
  • The 2012 White House Holiday Card 17 of 17
    The 2012 White House Holiday Card
    This photorealistic painting of Bo Obama playing in the snow was created by Larassa Kabel, a professional artist from Des Moines, Iowa.

And here’s Bo inspecting The White House’s decorations one final time before visitors come! I could watch this like 87 times and still be dying:

Via Babble Pets.

All photos and video courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov and The White House on Flickr.

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