For many, Thanksgiving weekend is devoted to pulling out the Christmas lights and dusting off the tree ornaments. The task of hanging lights, finding the perfect tree and concocting the perfect sugary sweet treats can be daunting...but do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the White House at Christmas? Their Christmas tree is perfectly manicured and decorated. The gingerbread replica of the White House is (almost) too intricate and beautiful to eat. Even the First Pet gets in on the action with ornaments and sugar cookies decorated in its honor.
Weekend Express talked to White House social expert Jennifer B. Pickens
for a sneak peek at what holiday cheer looks like for the First Family. Pickens, who also wrote "Christmas at the White House," said the planning process starts much sooner than late November. In fact, the historian says it can start as early as February!