After watching HGTV’s “White House Christmas 2011,” a behind-the-scenes look at all the artistry that goes into creating a festive holiday season at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., I’ve decided I want to be a volunteer decorator someday. Wouldn’t that be so much fun?!
The volunteers have just 72 hours to transform the White House into a winter wonderland; 156 were on hand this year. Have a look at some of their work:
The Christmas tree in the Blue Room before and after.
At the White House, there are 37 trees to decorate with more than 10,000 ornaments.
Traditionally the cranberry “tree” on the table is the focal point of the Red Room. This one is made of faux cranberries and pepper berries, and filled with roses, hydrangeas and peonies.
Five faux Bos were placed throughout the White House this year. This one, which sits in the Red Room, is made of 318 buttons.
The eight large windows in the East Colonnade are usually decorated with large wreaths. This year is no exception.
Lighting the National Christmas Tree is another longstanding tradition in the Capitol. Here, the Obamas push the button that lights the tree.
What a sight.
Photos: Chuck Kennedy, HGTV