Simple Gifts: Michelle Obama announces the 2010 White House Christmas theme

Michelle Obama announces "Simple Gifts" (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

This afternoon, at a special White House holiday preview for military members and their family, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the long awaited 2010 White House Christmas theme of “Simple Gifts.” Ever since Jackie Kennedy began the tradition of the White House Christmas theme in 1961, the first ladies have been honored with the privilege of choosing the White House Christmas theme. In her address at this Christmas preview, Michelle stated that she believes this year’s decorations are even more beautiful than those of last year. She also expressed her excitement about the “Simple Gifts” theme, explaining, “The greatest blessings of all are the ones that don’t cost a thing: the time that we spend with our loved ones, the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and the joy we feel from reaching out to those in need.”

Take a look at the video below for a preview of the “Simple Gifts” decorations.

For this event, Michelle chose to wear a sleeveless, navy and gold sheath dress paired with a matching jacket. In my opinion, this year’s Christmas theme is very original, especially compared to many of the first ladies’ often repeated themes, such as “Children” or “The Nutcracker.” Additionally, I think Mrs. Obama’s attire looks lovely! She is starting the holidays off with a bang!

What do you think about the 2010 White House Christmas theme?

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