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  • Holiday Season at the White House

    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2011.
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    Bo, the Obama family dog, made from plastic garbage bags, is seen in the Library of the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations were previewed. The theme is "Shine, Give, Share."
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    Christmas holiday decorations are seen in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011, during a preview for the media.
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    First lady Michelle Obama and White House pastry chef, Bill Yosses, left, join children from military families as they decorate cookies while Christmas holiday decorations are previewed at the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011.
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    Seen from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011, The Blue Room Christmas tree, which honors military families, is seen as the Christmas holiday decorations are previewed.
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    Journalists are seen in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations are previewed.
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    A replica of Bo, the Obama family dog, made from buttons, is seen in the Red Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011, during a preview of Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share."
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    A picture of Army Staff Sgt. Eric Stanley Trueblood, 27, from Alameda, Calif., who died in Afghanistan, is shown next to the Gold Star Family Christmas tree in the East Landing of the White House.
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  • Holiday Season arrives at the White House

    A White House gingerbread house, weighing about 400 pounds, features a marzipan "Bo" and the kitchen garden as it is displayed in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share" were previewed.
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