In 2005 my daughter's fellow Brownie troop member's Dad was a Congressman and we all had a chance to go on an arranged tour of the White House. That year the theme was All Things Bright and Beautiful and the decor was chosen to highlight the beauty found in nature. There was lime, coral, gold and other pretty color combinations that were a twist on the traditional red and green. The book we received was a real keepsake, with beautiful illustrations by author Donna Green. (all photography by Shealah Craighead)

You can virtually visit any of the White House Christmas decorations since 2001. I understand this year the theme is Red, White and Blue. For me, 2005 remains my favorite.