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(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.