White House Christmas Tour

Early this past summer, my parents contacted our State congressmen and requested tickets to visit the White House during Christmas.  We have been trying to tour the White house for many years but are always too late.  It take a long time to get tickets and plus they book up fast! Each person who goes through the White House needs to have a background check and thus you can imagine that takes a long time! My Father had a stress test the day before and was given a special card to explain the “radiation” levels in his body. 
You are given your tour date and time about two weeks before; our day was last Wednesday Dec 5th at 8:30am! This early start time meant an early wake up time!  We left Frederick around 5:00am and headed to the metro.  We reached the Metro Center stop quickly and we spent about an hour hangout out and drinking coffee about a block from the White House.  
Around 20 mins before we were to be there we walked to the entrance to check in.  We had to show ID   and were told to stand along the fence.  We waited for about 15 mins before we notice that everyone behind us  were simply walking to the next “station.” I asked a Secret Service Agent if the 8:30 group was allowed to continue and she looked at me like I had two heads and in a nutshell said she didn’t know why we were waiting along the fence and we could go ahead.  This was extremely annoying considering a huge bus of tourists now were in front of us.  We went to another check in tent, and then into a tailor to walk through a metal detector.  As soon as my father stepped in the door, a SSA locked the door and started questioning the older lady about to go through the metal detector; asking her if she recently had a stress test.  She looked so afraid and repeated said no.  I overheard this and interrupted and pointed to my father and explained he had a stress test yesterday.  They said that was fine and took my Dad in a back room to fill out some paperwork.  It is crazy how sensitive those sensors are!

We waited for about 15 mins and my Dad came out.  He said they put these crystals near him to bring down his radiation levels and they contacted the rest of the SSA to let them know, since my Dad would set off more alarms.

We were allowed to proceed and we walked to the visitors’ entrance of the White House.  As I opened the door it was pushed shut by a SSA and locked.  I saw the SSA run back to his desk and call someone.  He then proceeded to walk back to the door and ask my father if he was Joseph Green.  My dad said yes and he let us in and asked us to wait at the desk.  He explained that the radiation level reading machine in that section were measuring higher levels than in the trailer when they first stopped my Dad. After on the phone for a few minutes the SSA let us go but said we may be stopped by other SSA and to just give his name.

The first area was the East Visitor Landing which pay tribute to the Armed Forces and their families. Everything is decked out in red white and blue.

{Mom and Dad Outside the Visitors’ Entrance}
{Cool Square Wreathes}
{Inside the Visitors’ Entrance}
{Armed Forced Christmas Tree}
{Pretty Wreathes in the Hallway}
 {Pretty rainbow tree in the East Garden Room}
 {Mom and Dad next to life sized Bo!}
{Past White House Christmas Cards}

We entered a hallway that had floor to ceiling decorations! The garland was so thick {Where can we find some} and tons of balls glued together. The rooms off of this hallway were roped off but we were still able to see! The first room was the library that was decorated and housed 2,700 books! The next room was the China Room, and next the Vermeil Room.

{The Library}
 {The China Room}
{The Vermeil Room}
We then made our way up the stairs to the East Room! Which was amazing and my favorite room.  It had three huge crystal chandeliers and crystal standing candelabras. I was in love.
{The East Room}
{The East Room}
{The East Room}
{The East Room}
{The East Room}
{The East Room}
{The East Room}
The next room was the green room.  You guessed it- the room was green! 
{The Green Room}
{The Green Room}
{The Green Room}
{The Green Room}
Next was the blue room- which was oval! It also sported the official White House Christmas Tree

{The Blue Room}
{The Blue Room}
{View from the Blue Room}
{The Blue Room}
{The Blue Room}
{The Blue Room}
{The Blue Room}
We then entered the Red Room which I loved.  Most of the Xmas decorations were fruit! My mom and I went gaga over the pretty arrangements,

{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
{The Red Room}
The State Dining Room was the last “room” on the tour and it had the famous 300 pound gingerbread house in it! So awesome! I could not believe that was gingerbread!
{Momma next to the gingerbread white house}
{The State Dining Room}
{The State Dining Room}
{The State Dining Room}
{The State Dining Room}
{The State Dining Room}
To exit we went into another elaborately decorated hallway.  There were carolers singing in the exit area which was very enjoyable. Once again there were tons of beautiful chandeliers. I could not get enough of them!

The tour was now over πŸ™ We exited the white house but were sure to take note of the beautiful carve work on the building! We had some time to spare before our noon reservations at the Old Ebbitt Grill so we decided to check out the Museum of American History.

{Tax collector}
{The Creeping Doll- So interesting}
{Black Beard}
{Julia Child’s Kitchen}
{Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers}
{First Lady’s Gowns- In Love}

After roaming around the museum for a while, it was time to head to the Old Ebbitt for my Birthday Lunch {a little early but oh well!} We had to pose with the huge nutcrackers outside the restaurant.

We sat in the decoy room and ordered the crab artichoke dip which was super yummy. I ordered for my meal the “Walter’s Favorite Sandwich.” Which was on par with the delicious sandwich I had at the famous Katz Deli in NYC. It had: Hot pastrami, Muenster cheese, thousand island dressing and coleslaw on pumpernickel bread with hot fresh fries.  Even though I am not much of a dessert person, it was for my birthday and I ordered the pumpkin creme brulee! So rich and good! Thanks for lunch mom and dad!

{Crab and Artichoke Dip}
{Walter’s Favorite Sandwich}
{Pumpkin Creme Brulee}
After lunch we wondered around to the different themed rooms.
{The Decoy Room}
{The Decoy Room}
{Decoy Room}
{Naked Lady Room}
{Naked ladies on the ceiling}
{Poor animals}
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  • ashleyyyyy Monday, December 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I like the red room