The White House holiday theme is "Simple Gifts."
"This special time of year provides countless reasons large and small to be grateful for the blessings of time spent with loved ones, and for the richness of culture and natural surroundings we as Americans enjoy. As families gather across our country during this holiday season, even in trying times, we can reflect on the universal pleasures of cheer and goodwill, and can find reason to rejoice in the moments the holidays bring."
-excerpt from a letter from the Obamas
The military tree--representing all 5 branches
The White House Library decorated. President Roosevelt (who converted this room to a library on 1935) maintained a family Christmas tradition each year of reading aloud from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol upstairs in the residence.
The Blue Room: This year's official White House Christmas tree is a rich, green Douglas Fir from Pennsylvania that stands 19.5 feet tall.