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First lady kicks off Obamas’ final White House Christmas

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Michelle Obama kicked off her family’s final Christmas season at the White House on Friday by receiving a 19-foot Balsam-Veitch fir from Wisconsin as the official White House Christmas tree. Joined by two young nephews instead of her teenage daughters, the first lady said she’s ready and excited for the holiday. “Christmas begins. The holidays start,” Mrs. Obama exclaimed after “accepting” the tree from Dave and Mary Vander Velden, owners of the Oconto, Wisconsin, farm where it was grown. “We’re…

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First lady gives new look to State Dining Room

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Michelle Obama has given a touch-up to the White House State Dining Room, the latest interior design change that will endure long after she leaves the building. Her modest changes to the room where many dinners and other events are held follow this year’s more dramatic remake of the Old Family Dining Room and the unveiling of the Obama china service. Silk draperies with vertical stripes of peacock blue and ecru replace curtains made of ivory silk brocade and designed…

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