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For most people, a single Christmas tree, a string of lights and some baubles are enough. If you're the Obamas, however, decking the White House halls with boughs of holly was always going to require a little more work - 3,400 man hours to be exact. The US President and his wife are celebrating the festive season with recycled ornaments, natural materials and, of course, a gingerbread White House.
The 390lb work of culinary art is covered in white chocolate and has a marzipan replica of family dog, Bo. 'Reflect, Rejoice, Renew' is the theme for the Obama family's first Christmas in the White House. Showing off the decorations, Mrs Obama said the theme was chosen because her family spends the holidays reflecting on its blessings, rejoicing in the company of friends and family, and renewing their commitments to each other and causes they believe in.
Impressed? White House pastry chef Bill Yosses smiles as he shows off a marzipan and chocolate sculpture of the executive mansion, on display in the State Dining Room. The Obama's pet dog Bo is in the foreground
Two new additions to the gingerbread house this year are Mrs Obama's garden, complete with marzipan vegetables, and a cutout that gives viewers a look inside the gingerbread State Dining Room, with a lit chandelier and furniture made of dark chocolate.