Legos, gingerbread and gumdrops: How the Obamas decorated the White House for the holidays one last time
The White House has once again been transformed into a winter wonderland for the holidays, complete with snowball arches composed of more than 6,000 ornaments, 56 Lego gingerbread houses made from 200,000 Lego bricks, 8,000 bows and ribbons and 25,000 yarn pom-poms.
The traditional White House gingerbread house -- the ostensibly edible version -- is a hefty replica weighing in at 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, 20 pounds of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing and 20 pounds of sculpted sugar pieces.
According to a White House news release, this year’s holiday theme, “The Gift of the Holidays,” reflects on gifts that matter, such as “service, friends and family, education and good health.”
The majority of the holiday decor was designed by Rafanelli Events and executed by 92 volunteers from across the country. While the statistics may sound excessive, only 10% of the decorations are new, with the remainder repurposed from previous White House holidays.
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