US first lady unveils White House holiday decorations

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A hallway is decorated during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A chocolate gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A decorated hall is seen at the White House during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor in Washington, DC, on December 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama walks to embrace Cilicia Wong-Lopez, a holiday decorator and military spouse form Alexandria, Va., after she introduced the first lady to speaks in the East Room during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First lady Michelle Obama speaks to children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A chandelier is reflected in a decorated mirror during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A chocolate gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A decrorated 18' tree stands in the Blue Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A piano is played during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A member of the Secret Service Uniform Division is seen from inside the Grand Foyer as he looks out from the North Portico during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A portrait of former President John F. Kennedy is seen near decorations during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Ornaments are on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Ornaments are on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: The Red Room is decorated during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A decrorated 18' tree stands in the Blue Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Ornaments are on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First lady Michelle Obama walks into the East Room to speak with children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: The State Dining Room is decorated during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: The State Dining Room is decorated during first ady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A member for the US Secret Service walks past snow men decorations during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gave military families a first glimpse at the White House holiday decorations, which included 62 trees bearing more than 70,000 ornaments.

"This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in all the holiday whirlwind, making the lists and the errands and the travel plans, that we sometimes forget what the holiday season is all about," she told the audience before kicking off the festivities.

"But sharing this special time with our military families reminds us that this season is about so much more. It's about giving more than we receive, right guys? It's about serving others," Mrs. Obama added, before joking that, "it's about toys too."

Children were then invited to make cookies, visit with first dogs Bo and Sunny, and tour the rest of the decorations, which included festive wreaths, dangling snowflakes, and giant snowmen.

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