Festive tours of the White House
December 20, 2013 | 10:30 AM
Right: This year’s gingerbread White House rests on a life-size, custom-made hearth fashioned from more than 1,200 Springerle cookies. Framing the opening of the hearth are sugar paste recreations of the tiles commissioned for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s fireplace. See link below on how they were created. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
The National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse with model trains running around it attracts visitors during the day as well as at night when it is lit. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
Tours of the White House decorated for Christmas have been taking place in addition to the evening parties which President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have hosted.
The White House staff, Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress have been able to arrange the tours.
More information on White House holiday recipes, decorations and preparations can be found on the White House website and on Obama Foodorama, linked below.