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

Fun facts about the White House holidays

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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.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Gloria

    Wouldn't it be nice if all families had a staff to do all this work for them.
    All George and Laura have to do is show up. No planning, no shopping, no cooking, no cleaning up.

    December 3, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Jeff

    The White House does look very nice. However, Christmas should be cut back in general whether or not we are in a recession from year to year. Everywhere else in the world it is celebrated tastefully without a lot of fanfare. This is not done because people can't afford it, it's because it's the respectful thing to do. How about considering a subdued and reflective holiday that includes family, good conversation and some good food. Scale back on everything else and I think people will find they're happier this way.

    December 3, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. chuck

    George Bush should be ashamed of himself. I guess this is the last HURAH before going to the Hague with his Buddies for trial.

    December 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. al

    What they should is invite some the local children in whose families can't afford a holiday dinner or presents this year and have a holiday party for them with a dinner and gifts, especially this year.

    December 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. Marie

    For all the Obama haters out there George Bush will be laughing his way out of the White house at you while he leave you in a recession and your so occupied hating Obama that you can't even see what's ahead of you.....While he's out of the White House you'll be going into the Poor House and it won't be Obama that will put you there it will be your beloved current president George W Bush along

    December 3, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Theresa

    Doesn't it seem a bit too pretentious to display so much lust in times like these? Being frugal should start at the top.

    December 4, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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