White House Christmas by the Numbers

It takes a lot of volunteers—and a lot of gingerbread.

By: Carol Ross Joynt

When she unveiled the White House Christmas decorations on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama paid special tribute to the volunteers who did the decorating and who represent all the states, with 11 from Virginia, 2 from Maryland, and 1 from DC. “This would not be possible if it were not for the 85 volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to come from all parts of the country to help us decorate this house,” she said in the East Room to her guests, an audience of military families and members of the press.

Here’s a breakdown of more numbers associated with the White House Christmas.