November 28th, 2012
09:09 PM ET

Focus on military families at 2012 debut of White House Christmas

Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama welcomed the holiday season at the White House Wednesday with a viewing of decorations throughout the house.

She celebrated her fourth Christmas in Washington with military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children.

Paying tribute to the families, Obama said the biggest tree in the house honors them.

"The very special joining forces tree is covered with hand decorated ornaments made by military children living in U.S. bases around the world," Obama told the group gathered in the East Room.

The first lady said 90,000 individuals will come through the White House during the holiday season to view the extensive preparations.

Fifty-four Christmas trees are located along the visitors route and more than 175 pounds of gingerbread made up the White House Gingerbread House, according to the White House. Each room along the tour was altered to reflect this year's theme, "Joy to All."

"It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks," Obama said.

Topics: Michelle Obama • White House

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Dan B

    How nice. I think Michelle is a pretty good first lady, kind of like Barbara Bush.

    November 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Lionel

      Nice to see a first lady spending so much time on military families.

      They deserve all the support when they come back home from those stupid wars that Republicans have put us into.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Howard

      SEAL Eulogy


      We're the Battling Bastards of Benghazi,
      No fame, no glory. No paparazzi.

      Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,
      Defending the country we loved so well,

      It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,
      Fought to the consulate, scaled the wall.

      Pulled twenty guys from the jaws of fate,
      Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

      Just two of us, with foes by the score,
      But we held fast to bar the door.

      We called for reinforcements, but it was denied,
      So we fought. And we fought. And we fought. And we died.

      We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
      Barack Obama doesn't give a damn,

      Just two dead SEALS, who carried the load,
      No thanks to us. We're just bumps on his road.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  2. Kool-Aid Police

    Why do they still want to cut Tri-Care for the military if they care so much about them?

    November 29, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Lionel

      Please, stop it. Let's not turn a good news story into a bad one.

      For crying out loud, let's see what the other Repo loonies like Howard have to say about military family kids creating christmas decorations for the white house christmas tree.

      Have a good day.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:37 am |
      • jean2009

        Thanks to the First Lady for putting our veterans, and their families front and center.

        November 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Howard

        Well ... Lying-L ... I see that you and the other obama stooges have learned well from 'dear leader ... your Furher ... or, as Jamie Fox calls him 'Lord and Savior' ... to use gratuitous photo ops and propaganda, as diversions ... to further cover up the murders of Americans in Benghazi ... or, the 500 Billion dollar cuts to our military.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard ... what happened did the Canadians not honor your visa?

        December 1, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • jean2009

      Actually.... Tri-Care Prime will NOT be cut for any active duty military...and the Standard Tri-Care that will cover retired military families is still a pretty sweet deal compared to what coverage costs are for most retired people. Plus, the widows of military retirees will NOT be effected by the increase. I'm sure there are not many seniors that wouldn't accept the Standard Tri-Care coverage, and be grateful for it. Source Benefits – Tricare Enrollment Fee Increases FY2013

      As a senior my secondary insurance alone costs more for two months than Tri-Care Standard costs for a military retiree for the full year.

      November 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        As it should, the retired military and spouses deserve better than you. At least they served.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        Kool Aid.... my husband and sons served.

        December 1, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Judy T

      So, what you are saying in all of your posts is that veterans served so they could get better "entitlements" than those who did not? What happened to love of country?

      November 30, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  3. Joi Gibson

    I love Mr. and Mrs. 44!

    Although I despise cold weather – I'm a south Florida girl – the Christmas sights in DC are spectacular – especially around the White House. I hope to get back up there before the Obamas leave to take a tour of the White House and hope, hope, hope it would be one of the days when the First Lady just pops in to say hi.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!!!

    November 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Dan B

    I give the first lady every bit of credit for this.

    November 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      AND, A BIG THANK YOU to the children of military families overseas for making such SPECIAL and BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTS for the White House and the other military families that attended. Congrats to the students who worked so hard in school and celebrated with them. Thank you, Mrs. Obama for hosting an event that shows America cares.

      November 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • Dan B

        Naturally. God Bless the veterans.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm |