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From the Archives: Holidays at the White House

A look back at decor and festivitives from last Christmas to set the mood for this year's holiday activities.

The holidays are a special time at the White House. The President and First Lady have made it their mission to open the “People’s House” to as many Americans as possible, and this is never more true than around the holidays. Tomorrow, we’ll begin looking at the latest tidings and trimmings that make holidays at the White House so special, but to get in the mood now, check out these videos from last year’s festivities.

The First Lady kicks off the 2010 season by welcoming local military families to the White House to get a first look at the special holiday decorations hung in honor of the year’s theme, Simple Gifts, meant to highlight the simple things that bring joy during the holiday season.

Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's full remarks here.

Go behind the scenes with the volunteers who helped create last year’s décor. Watch the video here.

Check out a time-lapse video of setting up the 2010 White House Christmas tree. Watch the video here.

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