A Trip Down Memory Lane: White House Christmas 2011

The theme for the 2011 holiday season was “Shine, Give, Share”. The Blue Room tree had a very special theme as well; Medals, badges, and patches from all of the military branches were displayed on ornaments. The First Lady wanted to further honor our military with a tree for the fallen soldiers. Per the White House: “The Gold Star Families Tree pays tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our Nation and to the families who continue to carry their proud legacy forward. Photos of these fallen heroes and messages from their loved ones honor their courageous service, and remind us of the great sacrifices made for our freedom. Visitors can write notes to service members showing their thanks and visiting Gold Star Families will have the opportunity to inscribe a ceramic gold star with a personalized note to decorate the tree. Honoring Gold Star Families in this fashion was the First Lady’s idea, and the tree was decorated by Gold Star families who volunteered their time this holiday season.”

First Lady Michelle Obama walks with children past the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room, Nov. 30, 2011. Mrs. Obama welcomed military families to the White House for for the first viewing of the 2011 holiday decorations. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attend the Christmas in Washington taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2001. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Kennedy Center honoree Meryl Streep in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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