December 3rd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Fun facts about the White House holidays

Festivities commence at the White House.
Festivities commence at the White House.

(CNN) WASHINGTON – As Americans start the annual tradition of sending out Christmas cards, preparing Christmas dinner menus, and decorating their home for the holidays, President and Mrs. Bush have a decidedly larger task at hand.

Besides lighting the National Christmas tree Thursday night, President and Mrs. Bush will get into the holiday spirit by hosting 25 receptions, seven holiday dinners, mailing out 1.25 million holiday cards and creating a gingerbread house with more than 475 pounds of gingerbread and white chocolate.

Their home will have 780 feet of garland, 27 Christmas trees, 232 wreaths and 412 poinsettias (presidential pets Barney and Mrs. Beasley beware).

And if you’re lucky enough to be invited to one of the receptions or holiday dinners you’ll have a shot at trying one of the 22,000 Christmas cookies, 250 coconut cakes, 600 pounds of asparagus or 700 gallons of eggnog, among other items. It’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House.


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  1. Will-South Dakota

    Gee, and what about the poor and homeless of America? Think any of them will get an invite to sit with George and Laura?

    December 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    Wow! It must be wonderful to be in the White House. This is the only job that I can think of that makes a man cry for not getting it.

    December 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. paul (staunch Moderate)

    How wonderful that we (read: taxpayers) can afford to heap all these holiday goodies upon the First Family, White House staff and guests when so many in the country will be doing without.

    Seems more than just a little excessive to me.

    December 3, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. The American Dream is Alive and Well

    Nothing like the Bush's prime example of EXCESS in America...

    December 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Mari

    They should cancel all the receptions and parties and donate the money to a charity like Salvation Army. All that excess is fine when our economy is strong, but with people losing their jobs and homes, two wars and the deaths from war.......... why doesn't Bush show a bit of grace and cancel all that excess....... no one needs 27 tress, nor 475 pounds of gingerbread!

    December 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    How about giving some of that to the homeless people right outside their door? Just another way for rich people to pat themselves on the back!

    December 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Karen - Missouri

    Uh, couldn't they cut back a little considering the economy?

    December 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    YAWN! Just stuff my stocking with cash, please.

    December 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. CnoMoPalin n NC

    GOOD GRIEF! Maybe someone could tell Bush that the Salvation Army doesn't have enough food for needy this year. Oh, yeah I forgot...like Bush cares...

    December 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. David

    I won't go even if I am invited. This man is too close to the devil. So many had to suffer because of his ignorance.

    December 3, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. boered1

    President and Mrs. Bush will get into the holiday spirit by hosting 25 receptions, seven holiday dinners, mailing out 1.25 million holiday cards and creating a gingerbread house with more than 475 pounds of gingerbread and white chocolate.

    okay I agree they will host the 32 dinners/receptions but that is ALL they will do in this list the rest will be done by hirlings.. not a smear against the bushes (though god knows I hate him and his politics) but against CNN for saying such an inane thing!

    December 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. MD

    ...........and guess who pays for this!

    December 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Dave

    Your tax dollars at work, folks. How much do these shindigs cost us? Shame on the elite for partying on our dime!

    December 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. An American Cutting Back on Holiday Expenses

    I guess the recession doesn't apply to the festivities of the White House!?! How much does all this cost anyway????

    December 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. An American Cutting Back on Holiday Expenses

    I guess the recession doesn't apply to the festivities of the White House!?! How much does all this cost anyway????

    December 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Marie banderas

    Must be nice to be soooo wealthy, and be able to decorate, buy any food you like, give any gifts you choose, send out holiday cards..we would dearly love to even have a cookie ! aaaah yes, guess holidays are only for the wealthy now, dont worry bout the children, maybe thier parents, with help of food stamps, will at least be able to give them a christmas dinner..Such excess being "flaunted" in front of millions of people praying just to buy food, meds, pay thier mortages..
    DISGRACEFUL

    December 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. billy joe jeffries

    George has put the country into imminent failure and we're spending all this money on such extreme unnecessary items. USA, USA! We're # 1 !!!!

    December 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Leo

    WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!

    December 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Connie from Indiana

    When the country is going to hell in a hand basket, many families are losing their homes, families unable to feed their families and most of American's are being laid off, it is comforting to know that the white house is cutting back. The idiot can't get back to his village fast enough.

    December 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Amy

    No, they do not have a large task ahead of them, their staff does.

    December 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Ernie

    The Obama's do not celebrate Christmas. I wonder why. What church do they go to?

    December 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Nancy

    I guess the White House isn't in the same recession that the rest of the country is. Tradition or not folks, let's set an example. Yea, like that will ever happen.

    December 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Uninvited

    If your lucky enough to get invited?Most of us will be lucky if we even have xmas thanks for the greed of the wealthy and all those responsible that knew we were headed into a recession and did nothing to stop it.So many americans are so depressed about losing their jobs,homes and pride xmas will only be what so many fail to remember it is and that is celebrating the birth of Christ and that is one thing that we will not lose .So while the wealthy are out celebrating at the many parties they'll be attending alot of parents are wondering how they can afford to get their children a toy.I like Mrs. Bush I really do but exuse me for saying this but George Bush is one of the reasons we are in this recession and I hold him if not mainly partially responsible

    December 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. no bailouts

    i'll enjoy my charlie brown christmas tree again this year.

    December 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. George Russell

    I wonder if you will complain as loudly when Mr. Obama spends millions on the inaugural. Let's see the recession talk come alive then!

    December 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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