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Bo Obama Offers Tour of 2012 Christmas Decorations

First Canine gives a sneak peek at the 2012 White House Christmas decorations in new video.

Before some 90,000 people walk through the White House to see the 2012 Christmas decorations, Bo Obama, the dog in chief, gave a behind the scenes tour in a new video.

“This year’s theme is ‘Joy to All.’ It 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,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a prepared statement.

The 2012 Official White House Christmas tree is an 18-foot-6-inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C. To continue this year's theme of service, many of the ornaments were created by military children living on U.S. Military Bases around the world.

The White House holiday website includes features to bring a little joy to everyone:

Cook up some Ginger Crinkles courtesy of the White House pastry kitchen. Download the Cookie Recipe (PDF)

Operation Honor Cards are available online for you to commit to community service in honor of military families, service members, and veterans. Pledge Your Service (PDF)

To learn more go here.

Doing some holiday decorating of your own? There's still time to enter Patch's Deck the House Contest to possibly win $100,000 for DC Public Schools.

Want to know about more holiday events, activities and happenings close to home? Check out the Patch Holiday Guide.

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