White House Decorations All About Bo

First dog is the main theme this year
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Children from military families decorate a rendition of Bo, the Obama family dog, made from licorice.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – As Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House yesterday, the building was decked out for the holidays—and Bo Obama was everywhere. Each room had a replica of the dog, made of everything from licorice to buttons to trash bags, the Washington Post reports. The dog is also the only family member featured on this year’s holiday card. “Our dog has been a little confused walking around the house for the last couple of weeks, seeing himself in gigantic form,” the first lady said.

While Bo was front and center (and made an appearance at the end), the official theme was “Shine, Give, Share.” The ceremony featured a pair of Christmas trees honoring those with family members serving in the military and those who have lost a family member; they’re two of the White House’s 37 trees. Following a speech by the first lady, kids added to the Bo-centric Christmas by making licorice ornaments in his shape. Also on display was a 400-pound gingerbread White House.

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