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This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations Include Massive Sunny and Bo Yarn Dogs

This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations Include Massive Sunny and Bo Yarn Dogs
The White House's 2016 Christmas display features more than 70,000 ornaments. Photo by Sydney MaHan.

On Tuesday, the White House welcomed military service members, their families, and media for an early look at this year’s holiday decorations.

Volunteers from 33 states, the District, and Puerto Rico worked over the Thanksgiving holiday to put up more than 70,000 ornaments. There are trees made out of pencils on a pedestal that reads “Let girls learn” in the library, garlands bedecked with faux fruits in the Green and Red rooms to celebrate the gift of fresh produce from the White House garden, Lego “gingerbread” houses representing every state and territory in the State Dining Room, and yarn models of the Obamas’ dogs that are taller than most people. After First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the military guests and encouraged tourists to “Come to the White House—it’s really cool!” she and the real First Dogs, Sunny and Bo, mingled with the guests while the kids decorated cookies and made other holiday crafts. Scroll down for more highlights.

Larger than Life replicas of Bo & Sunny made of 25,000 yarn poms-poms. Photo by Andrea Marks.
Larger-than-life replicas of Bo and Sunny, made from 25,000 yarn poms-poms, greet visitors at the East entrance. Photo by Andrea Marks.
First Lady Michelle Obama meets with kids at the 2016 White House Christmas. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
First Lady Michelle Obama introduces kids to the real Bo and Sunny in front of a gingerbread replica of the White House. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
White House Chefs help kids decorate cookies. Photo by Andrea Marks.
White House chefs help kids decorate cookies in the State Dining Room. Photo by Andrea Marks.
More than 7.500 red,white, and blue ribbons hanging in the East Colonnade of the White House. Photo by Andrea Marks.
Glittering crystal ornaments hang among more than 7,500 jewel-tone ribbons along the East Colonnade of the White House. Photo by Andrea Marks.
The Gift of Education represented by green and yellow pencils in the White House Library. Photo by Andrea Marks.
Trees made of green and yellow pencils represent the gift of education in the White House Library. Photo by Andrea Marks.
Traditional Christmas Tree featured in the White House Library. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
Ornaments on this Christmas tree in the Library read “girl” in a dozen different languages. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
Winter Wonderland garland in Lower Cross Hall. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
Snowflakes and icicles transform the Lower Cross Hall into a winter wonderland. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
Painting of Abraham Lincoln framed by lego gingerbread men. Photo by Andrea Marks.
Lego gingerbread men keep Abraham Lincoln company in his spot above the State Dining Room fireplace. Photo by Andrea Marks.
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Veterans and their families at the White House Christmas 2016. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
Michelle Obama speaks to veterans and their families to kick off the holiday season at the White House. Photo by Sydney MaHan.
A mini White House made of gingerbread sits on the mantle of the State Dining Room.
The gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room has miniature, edible Bo and Sunny figurines out front. Photo by Sydney MaHan.

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Editorial Fellow

Sydney is an editorial fellow at Washingtonian Magazine, where she writes about history, news, food, and events. A recent graduate of the College of William & Mary, she is interested in writing and videography. You can follow her on Twitter @sydneykmahan

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Andrea is a fall 2016 editorial fellow at Washingtonian. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in May and has written for Eater, Outside, and Vice. She lives in Bloomingdale.