During the current economic state, many people are downsizing Christmas; the Obama's are no exception. First Lady Michelle Obama, known well for her interest in environmentalism, decided to tone down the extravagance of the White Houses’ holiday decorations this year. Rather than the dozens of Christmas trees in several rooms of the White House, Michelle Obama has placed only seven on the entire floor.
In addition to fewer trees, Mrs. Obama has also recycled decorations from previous first families that are stored in a warehouse and had this to say about it, "We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations, we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House."
With Christmas becoming so commercialized over the years with good economic standings, it is refreshing to see Mrs. Obama's take on it, "For the Obama family, Christmas and the New Year has always been a time to reflect on our many blessings, to rejoice in the pleasure of spending time with our family and our friends, and to renew our commitment to one another and to the causes that we believe in," the First Lady said.
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