The White House holiday theme for 2010 was “The Simple Gifts”, which celebrated the ‘simple’ things in life that we often overlook. The First Lady wanted to highlight the states with the theme for the Blue Room Tree, as noted by the White House “The Blue Room tree had a specific theme within the overall theme – “Gift of the American Spirit.” It honored state and county fairs and featured prize ribbons from each state and territory.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose in front of the Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Barack Obama, with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, daughters Sasha and Malia, and First Lady Michelle Obama, react as they push the button to light the National Christmas Tree during a ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pretend to sing with an a cappella group in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during a holiday reception, Dec. 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia sing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” with other performers onstage at the “Christmas in Washington” performance at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)