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The White House has an enviable display of decorations during the holiday season, with individual rooms curated by renowned designers. In 2015, four designers who also clothe the first lady were responsible for rooms in the White House: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon decorated the library, Duro Olowu decorated the Vermeil Room, and Carolina Herrera decorated the China Room.
Over the years, the White House has featured traditional holiday decorations and even incorporated Bo, the Obamas' family dog. The
theme for 2015 is "A Timeless Tradition," featuring more than 70,000 ornaments, 62 Christmas trees, and 56 snowmen and women.
A 360-degree virtual tour of this year's White House decorations can be found on the White House's official
The library on the ground floor of the White House on Dec. 2 as Christmas decorations for 2015 are unveiled. Four designers whose clothes first lady Michelle Obama has worn also designed and decorated three rooms on the ground floor of the White House for Christmas. The duo of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon decorated the library. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
Decorations in front of the fireplace in the Vermeil Room at the White House on Dec. 2. Duro Olowu decorated the Vermeil Room. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
Carolina Herrera was responsible for decorating the China Room. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
Christmas trees stand in the East Room in 2014, during a tour of the White House holiday decorations. The theme for the White House decorations was “a children’s winter wonderland.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A view of the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room in 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Christmas decorations adorn the door of the Oval Office in 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The 300-pound gingerbread White House replica with a mini Bo and Sunny is displayed in the State Dining Room in 2013, during a press preview of the year's Christmas decorations, which were themed "Gather Around." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Holiday decorations in the Red Room of the White House included a "vase" of flowers made from sugar, at right, in 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The gingerbread house decoration in the State Dining Room in 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A hallway is filled with decorations in the White House in 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Holiday decorations by the East Visitor Entrance of the White House in 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Holiday decorations in the Red Room in 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Holiday decorations featuring Sunny and Bo are seen by the east wall of the East Garden Room of the White House in 2013. The dogs had animatronic features. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
White House holiday cookies, including some picturing Bo and Sunny, are displayed outside the West Wing, after first lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House to tour the 2013 decorations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A Christmas tree decorated in a rainbow of colors sits next to a statue of President Lincoln in the East Garden Room in 2012. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 was "Joy to All." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A stained glass "wreath" hangs in the East wing in 2012, during a preview of the decorations. ((AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Journalists are seen in the Cross Hall of the White House in 2011, as the holiday decorations, whose theme was "Shine, Give, Share," were previewed. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Bo is seen on the North Portico in 2011, as the holiday decorations were previewed. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A White House gingerbread house, weighing about 400 pounds and featuring a marzipan Bo, is displayed in the State Dining Room in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A replica of Bo made from buttons is seen in the Red Room in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A team of volunteers decorates the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room in 2009. (White House FlickrOfficial White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Bo waits near a Christmas tree in the Diplomatic Reception Room in 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
First Lady Laura Bush, left, talks with White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in the State Dining Room in 2007, as Mrs. Bush gave a tour to journalists to view the year's decorations. The theme that year was “Holiday in the National Parks." (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
A portrait of Lincoln the East Room is surrounded by holiday decorations as Laura Bush hosted a media preview of the 2006 holiday decorations. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
First lady Hillary Clinton opened the White House holiday season on Dec. 4, 1995 by peering into an artist's edible rendition of her childhood home on Wisner Street in Park Ridge, Illinois. The 70-lb. home was made from gingerbread and icing. Clinton's bedroom had a big bed, a wooden trunk, a dresser, and a colorful wall mural of sugarplum fairies. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
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Sarah Gibbens is a producer on National Journal's audience development team. She previously worked as a digital media fellow at The Podesta Group and as a writer for San Antonio-based newspaper The Rivard Report. Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she was the editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Paisano.