Holiday decorations unveiled to military families

WASHINGTON (AP) ? First dog Bo is upstaging the Christmas decorations at the White House this holiday season.

The Obamas’ Portuguese water dog is in almost every room of the ground and State floors, ranging from a miniature licorice and marshmallow version to a felt design 4? feet tall.

First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the first viewing of the decorations on Wednesday. “Shine, Give, Share” is the theme for the Obama family’s third Christmas in the mansion.

Bo made a special appearance in the State Dining Room as military children created holiday ornaments and decorated cookies.

Several decorations honor military families including a Gold Star Families tree with ceramic ornaments carrying personalized messages by families. Also decorating the executive mansion are 37 Christmas trees and a 400-pound gingerbread White House.