Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Obamas' 2013 White House Christmas Card Is A 3-D Pop-Up, Starring First Dogs Bo And Sunny

The card is signed by the First Family
The 2013 White House party invitations also feature special art work...
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Christmas cards have arrived in the mailboxes of thousands of lucky recipients.  For the first time since 2009, it is a pop-up.  The papercraft view of the South Portico features First Dog Bo and his rambunctious little sister Sunny, making her first appearance on a holiday card.

"As we gather around this season, may the warmth and joy of the holidays fill your home," reads the inscription in gold lettering.

It references Mrs. Obama's holiday decor theme, 'Gather Around.'  The "windows" on the card are made of reflective gold, too.

Another view of the 2013 card
The card is signed by President and Mrs. Obama, First Daughters Malia and Sasha, and has paw prints for the two pooches.  Sunny and Bo are also featured in the holiday decor, made of over-sized silk ribbon topiaries with tails that actually wag.

The Christmas cards are already being sold on eBay, where the opening bids range from $165 to $172.50, notes New York magazine. 

The 2013 White House holiday party invitation
The invitations to attend the President and Mrs. Obama's many White House holiday parties this year also has an illustration of the South Portico, ringed by a Christmas wreath that features the Presidential seal and a star for Mrs. Obama's Joining Forces campaign, which honors the military. 

The image is the work of 17-year-old artist Senghor Robinson, according to a note on the back of the card.

Inside the card the inscription reads "The President and Mrs. Obama request the pleasure of your company at a holiday reception to be held at the White House," with the date and time.  A separate, smaller card that's included contains RSVP information; guests are required to be cleared by Secret Service.

The 2013 White House Hanukkah invitation
The President and Mrs. Obama's Hanukkah party invitations were on simple blue card stock with gold lettering, and featured the Presidential seal and a small menorah.   

Houston Rockets player Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player in the NBA, posted his invitation, above, to Instagram before attending one of the parties, which featured kosher menus.  The Obamas hosted two different Hanukkah receptions this year, with about 1,000 guests attending.

The cover of the 2013 White House Holiday Tour Book
For those not on the Obamas' holiday card list who would like some printable White House holiday ephemera, download the 2013 White House Holiday Tour Book.  It also features Sunny and Bo on the cover.

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*Top photo via New York magazine; second from eBay; third by Obama Foodorama; fourth by Omri Casspi; fifth by White House