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Festive tours of the White House

2013_1220_WHsteve1 Farm lobbyist Steve Etka, left, and partner Troy Knighton were among those on a White House Christmas tour on Thursday. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
2013_1220_WHmilitarytree : 2013_1220_WHgingerbread Left: Near the visitor entrance to the White House a tree honors those in the military who have died recently. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
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)
2013_1220_nancyreagan : 2013_1220_WHberries Left: A pillar has been decorated for Christmas near the official portrait of First Lady Nancy Reagan. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report) Right: The White House uses berries and other natural items for holiday decorations. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
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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.