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.