The first dog, Bo, made his rounds through the White House on Thursday, inspecting this years Christmas decorations to ensure that they met his approval.
Decorating the White House first began in 1889 when Benjamin Harrison displayed the first Christmas tree in the Oval Office. In 1929 the tradition of decorating the entire White House became an official event. Since then, tens of thousands of visitors tour the White House every holiday season to view the spectacular decorations.
The theme of this years Christmas decorations is "Joy to All". According to the White House the theme "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.”
The highlight of the decorations is a 18-foot-6- inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina. The tree is trimmed with ornaments that have been decorated by military children living on U.S. Military Bases around the world. The ornaments honor their parents’ commitment to service.
The White House tour book states that wreaths covered with festive snowflakes welcome visitors along the walkways leading to the entrance. Old fashion lanterns and candles illuminate the walkway as well.
Once the decorating was complete, it was Bo's job to complete a final inspection of the 2012 White House Christmas decorations. Now that he gave his approval, the doors can open and welcome the expected 90,000 visitors who will visit the "People’s House" this holiday season.