First Lady Michelle Obama looks absolutely GORGEOUS in the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal. Check out some of the article and more pictures below ( December/January Ladies Home Journal )
SO MANY FIRST FAMILIES HAVE MADE THEIR IMPACT ON HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT WILL THE OBAMAS’ LEGACY BE?
Michelle Obama: I hope that it’s a legacy of inclusion. We try to invite choirs from all over the country to come and sing and entertain. Congress comes and important famous people come. But I’m also thinking about a little kid from Kansas who is able to make the trip to see the house. We have a reception almost twice a day, every day, until December 21. That means hors d’oeuvres and eggnog and cookies for every guest who comes through. The house smells incredible for an entire month.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER HOLIDAY TRADITIONS THAT STAND OUT FOR YOU?
Michelle Obama: We try to pay tribute to our service members and their families. One of the first trees that people see when they walk into the White House is a tree dedicated to the fallen. Gold Star families can pay tribute to their loved ones, and visitors can send thank-you cards to troops and donate service hours in honor of our men and women in uniform. We’ve always dedicated the Christmas tree in the Blue Room, which has the largest tree in house, to the military families. This year we’re going to decorate it with photos of military homecomings. We’re also asking military families to share their traditions, and those will be reflected in the ornaments as well.
IS THERE A FAMILY TREE YOU GET TO DECORATE?
Michelle Obama: One of the things the kids always request — because we have dozens of trees all over the White House that are decorated by volunteers — is that they decorate one of the trees themselves. Usually it’s the tree in the Yellow Oval room. We’ll have hot chocolate, light a fire no matter what the weather is, get out a basket of decorations, and then I’ll put on the first holiday music of the season. I have a phenomenal playlist that includes, of course, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” as well as James Taylor, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and Nat King Cole. The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist.