In Pictures: Obamas open door on their final family Christmas in the White House

US First Lady Michelle Obama flung open the doors of the White House to the media on Tuesday (Nov 29) to give people a glimpse of her family's final Christmas in their presidential home.

After eight years in residence, the Obamas will make way for President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania in the new year, with his inauguration set to take place on Jan 20.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for Mrs Obama over the weekend, according to Vogue magazine as she took delivery of her final official White House Christmas tree.

The First Lady once again enlisted the help of event designer Bryan Rafanelli, said Vogue, to create environments partially inspired by her Let’s Move! campaign and by her various education initiatives.

The gift of good health was represented inside the Red and Green Rooms with fruits and vegetables. Educational tools like rulers, crayons, and pencils were added to the decorations in the house library, while ornaments spelling out “girls” in 12 different languages paid tribute to Mrs Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative.

Vogue said that the decoration highlights include tens of thousands of lights, giant replicas of the Obamas’ two dogs, Bo and Sunny, and a large amount of Lego.


A Lego White House is seen in the State Dining Room. PHOTO: REUTERS


The White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room. PHOTO: AFP


Guests take photos of the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room. PHOTO: REUTERS


Reflected in an ornament, a reporter takes a photo of the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room. PHOTO: REUTERS


The White House Gingerbread House, including 68kg of gingerbread on the inside, 45kg of bread dough on the outside frame, 9kg of gum paste, 9kg of icing and 9kg of sculpted sugar pieces. PHOTO: AFP


The White House Gingerbread House. PHOTO: AFP


The White House Gingerbread House.PHOTO: AFP


The East Room is seen during a holiday decor preview at the White House. PHOTO: REUTERS


Christmas tree and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the State Dining Room. PHOTO: AFP


A gingerbread man and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the State Dining Room. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the East Wing. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the Red Room. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the Vermeil Room. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the Library. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the Library. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the Center Hall. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in the Library. PHOTO: AFP


Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the theme of, "The Gift of the Holidays," are seen in Cross Hall. PHOTO: AFP


The Obama dogs Sonny and Bo replicas are seen during a holiday decor preview at the White House.PHOTO: REUTERS


A woman takes a photo in the Cross Hall. PHOTO: REUTERS