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Ornaments and decorations are hung on a Christmas tree in the East Room of the White House. / Alex Wong, Getty Images

The White House is decorated for the holiday season.

The displays include two dozen Christmas trees, some 2,000 ornaments - many of them honoring military families - and the traditional 300-pound gingerbread White House.

The White House says its theme is "Gather Around," celebrating "the stories and traditions that bring us together this special time of year."

Here are some facts and numbers supplied by the White House:

? The official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room stands 18½ feet high and is nearly 11 feet wide; it comes from Crystal Springs Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

? 24 Christmas trees will be visible on the public tour route.

? Over 450 repurposed books were used as part of the holiday decorations this year. They will be donated to a local school's book drive following the holiday season.

? Approximately 1,000 yards of satin ribbon were used to make this year's replicas of the first dogs Bo and Sunny.

? Over 1,200 Springerle cookies were used on the gingerbread fireplace in the State Dining Room.

? Nearly 300 pounds of bread dough were used to make the completely edible White House replica in the State Dining Room.

? Approximately 70,000 visitors are expected to visit the White House during the 2013 holiday season.



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