Volunteers come from throughout the United States to help in the decorations at the White House. The heavy lifting is done by the United States Park service. After all the White House in a national park.
Each year the First Lady’s press office puts out a sign up list for journalists to look at and photograph the White House decorated for Christmas. Each administration does this with their individual style. During the Reagan years, the press was treated to a substantial assortment of Christmas cheer complete with champaign of mimosas in the East Room.
This year it was hot cider and large cookies shaped in the form of First dogs, Bo and Sunny. These treats were served outside on the North Portico as the press was leaving.
The focal point of the State Dining room is always the Ginger Bread House. Every White House pastry chef tries to out do his or her predecessor .