HGTV’s White House Christmas Special

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I really love all of the holiday specials that come on this time of year.  One of my favorites is HGTV‘s White House Christmas special.  It’s so much fun to get a look at the White House holiday decor, the beautiful Christmas tree and how it all comes together.  This year’s special premieres on Sunday on HGTV at 8pm ET/PT.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of host Genevieve Gorder and the volunteer team helping the White House prepare for the holidays.

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This year many of the decorations are made from natural materials.  You’ll see wood, paper, leaves, fruits and vegetables, interwoven throughout the stately space.  Two doorways in the visitors’ entrance area are decorated with surrounds of roses which are handmade from dried oak leaves collected from the homes and neighborhood parks of volunteers. 

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There is also a new Military Appreciation Tree, an idea from the First Lady Michelle Obama that is designed to honor America’s military personnel. 

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And in the kitchen, Executive Chef Cris Comerford showcases the holiday menu, while Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses displays a magnificent white chocolate replica of the White House and other holiday pastries.  Isn’t this pastry amazing?! 
With my move to DC just a few weeks away, I really need to find out how I can get on the volunteer committee next year.  How fun would that be!
Here are some other happenings going on this weekend:
– My latest HGTV Design Happens post – Ikat Accessories
– We’re hosting a giveaway of our Fort Greene pillow on Digital Dollhouse.  Check it out and enter to win!
– You can also get 20% off AphroChic items over at CulturePOP.  We have some perfect gifts for the holiday season.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and enjoy getting ready for the holidays!
{Images: HGTV}
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