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Michelle Obama Thanks Military Families, First Look At White House Christmas Decorations

Michelle Obama Welcomes Military Families To White House To View Holiday Decorations
Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

First Lady Michelle Obama opened the doors of the White House to military families yesterday for the first look at its’ 2011 Christmas decorations.  The First Lady paid tribute to our servicemen and women and showcased this year’s holiday theme “Shine, Give, Share.”

The White House visitors included gold star families (relatives of armed forces personnel who died in service) as well as blue star families (those with loved ones still serving).

After thanking military families, Mrs. Obama joined children in the State Dining Room for crafts, including Christmas cookie decorating.

A replica of the White House made from 400-pounds of gingerbread, white chocolate and marzipan is on display in the State Dining Room during the first viewing of the 2011 White House Christmas decorations November 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. The theme, "Shine, Give, Share," runs throught the White House with a 400-pound White House Gingerbread House and 37 Christmas trees, including the official 18-foot 6-inch balsam fir tree in the Blue Room that honors Blue Star military families.
Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

The theme, ‘Shine, Give, Share,’ runs throught the White House with a 400-pound White House Gingerbread House and 37 Christmas trees.

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