The White House's Incredible Gingerbread House
By ROBERT PACE
December 20, 2012
Every holiday season, families around the world get in the spirit by creating (and later eating) a gingerbread house. The First Family is no exception, and while it doesn't make the gingerbread house, some masterful creations are churned out by the White House kitchen every year.
In the sneak peek for NBC's special on current president Barack Obama and nine other presidential families' experiences with Christmas in the White House, we see President Obama's gingerbread house from last year, which includes an off-scale creation of his dog, Bo.
Although formal tradition holds that gingerbread houses aren't to be eaten until Christmas, some of the members of past First Families admitted to not being able to resist the delicious creation of the White House kitchen.
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton confessed that they would often sneak down the night before to break off a piece of the edible dwelling. However, the twin daughters of former president George W. Bush weren't as willing to confess their breach of holiday tradition.
As NBC takes a tour of the White House Christmas happenings, host of the special Meredith Vieira also gets a premature taste of the White House gingerbread house, which she gleefully enjoys.
While the First Families leave the gingerbread house construction up to the professional chefs in the White House kitchen, they still preserve their own Christmas traditions while living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
As revealed by the current First Lady, the Obama family had upheld its Christmas tradition of having a talent show, which allows her to display her hidden talent of twirling a hula hoop.
Watch the video above for a sneak peek of "A White House Christmas: First Families Remember," which airs in its entirety tonight (Dec. 20) at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The White House isn't the only famous domicile being immortalized in Gingerbread -- check out this video of a Downton Abbey Gingerbread House!