WASHINGTON — "Bo-flakes" featuring the first family's dog and ornaments fashioned from zippers are among the new twists on traditional favorites at the White House this Christmas season.
First lady Michelle Obama unveiled this year's decorations before an appreciative crowd of military families Wednesday, then spent some time doing holiday crafts with military kids.
The theme for this year's decorations is "Joy to All," but first dog Bo seems to steal the show.
There are 40 "Bo-flake" ornaments throughout the White House that feature cutout images of the Portuguese water dog. There's a life-size replica of Bo, with a string of lights in his mouth, in the East Garden Room. And there's an outsize statue of the dog next to the 300-pound gingerbread house in the State Dining Room.
Obama said that reflects Bo's high standing at the White House. "He is such a huge personality," she said.
Bo made an appearance during Wednesday's festivities, sporting a jingle bell collar, and was swarmed by young guests.
This year's decorations include lots of handmade items that could easily be done at home, including patriotic wreaths and ornaments wrapped in red, white and blue yarn to fit with the first lady's emphasis on supporting military families.