"Where's Waldo" Fans will love the Obama's Christmas decorations this year. Because in nearly every room, the first family has sneaked in a version of the first pup Bo.
From a nine-and-a-half-inch depiction made of 318 buttons, a candy Bo made of 12 marshmallows and almost 2,000 pieces of licorice, a black and white Bo made of about 7,000 feet of trash bags and a four-and-a-half-foot tall pup made out of 35 yards of wool felt, it's obvious Bo is the star of this year's White House Christmas. [Read: First Dog Bo Gets PETA Treats]
Today at the White House's first official tour of the decorations—which was reserved for military families—the first dog himself made a showing. The precocious pooch visited the State Dining Room where a group of children joined first lady Michelle Obama in decorating gingerbread cookies, making orange slice ornaments and, of course, creating their own "Bo" to take home with them.
Of the many depictions of the cuddly canine, which appear from large topiaries to small ornaments, the first lady said Bo's not sure what to make of all his copies. [Watch a video of Christmas at the White House.]
"It's sort of a 'where's Bo?' You've got to find the Bo in every room, because he's hidden everywhere," the first lady joked. "So, trust me, our dog has been a little confused walking around the house for the last couple of weeks seeing himself in gigantic form."
This White House decoration theme this year isn't the first dog, though. It is "Shine, Give, Share" and this year's 150 volunteers made a special effort to celebrate veterans and the sacrifices they and their families make. [See a photo gallery of Michelle Obama's involvement with military families.]
The East Landing, for example, features a tree dedicated by Gold Star families. The Official White House Christmas tree, as always in the Blue Room, is decorated with cards from military children.
Overall, the White House decorations include:
- 37 Christmas trees. 30 are natural and 7 are man-made.
- 5 Bo topiaries. "You can find a Bo in every room," says the East Wing.
- 400 pounds of gingerbread, white chocolate and marzipan make up the White House Gingerbread House.