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White House Christmas and Hanukkah: Time-Lapse Video Captures Decorating -- PICTURES

November 30, 2011

From making cookies to hanging garlands, some 400 volunteers assisted with transforming the people's house into a holiday wonderland. The White House on Wednesday released a time-lapse video capturing the transformation. More than 85,000 visitors are expected in the White House this holiday season.

Click through to watch video of the "kosherizing" of the White House kitchen and to see President Obama speak at the Christmas in Washington show at the National Building Museum (along with Conan O'Brien, Jennifer Hudson, and Justin Bieber). Also view photos of the annual Hanukkah reception, and get a peek at Christmas ornaments in the White House.

Seen from the Cross Hall, the Blue Room Christmas Tree, which honors military families, is seen as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," are previewed at the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Click through to watch video about how the White House was decorated.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rabbi Levi Shemtov oversees the "kosherizing" of the "most important kitchen in the country."

 

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia (left) and Sasha (right) sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office on Dec. 11, 2011.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Sasha Obama greet children dressed as elves at the annual Christmas in Washington taping at the National Building Museum on Dec. 11, 2011.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson performs at the annual Christmas in Washington taping at the National Building Museum on Dec. 11, 2011.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Victoria Justice (left) and Justin Bieber perform at the taping of the annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

Vice President Joe Biden takes a photo with guests attending a Hanukkah reception on Dec. 8, 2011, in the Grand Foyer of the White House.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden attended a Hanukkah reception, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

 

President Obama smiles as he and his youngest daughter, Sasha, attend the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Among other musical acts, B.B. King and Maroon 5 performed.(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

Bo, the Obama family dog, made from plastic garbage bags, is seen in the library of the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," were previewed.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

A White House gingerbread house, weighing about 400 pounds and featuring a marzipan "Bo," is displayed in the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," were previewed.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House Christmas cookies, with one depicting Bo the Obama family dog and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, are displayed at the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," were previewed.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

Photographs and insignia are seen on the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," are previewed at the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Journalists are seen in the Cross Hall of the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," were previewed.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

A picture of Army Staff Sgt. Eric Stanley Trueblood, 27, from Alameda, Calif., who died in Afghanistan, is shown next to the Gold Star Family Christmas Tree in the East Landing of the White House on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share," were previewed.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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