A Christmas tree stands next to a window in the East Room of the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama hosts military families for the first viewing of the holiday decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. The theme for 2013 is Gather Around, a celebration of coming together with loved ones at this special time of year, and of the stories behind our beloved and classic American holiday traditions.
The White House is beautifully decorated for the holiday season each year. The following photos show decorations for this year and prior years.