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It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year and who better to spread holiday cheer than the First Family? From an array of twinkling lights adorning their Christmas tree and menorah to larger-than-life replicas of Sunny and Bo, the Obamas seem to outdo themselves each year at their White House holiday parties.

The Obama’s nice list for these events is exclusive and for most, the mixings, minglings and yuletide carols sung at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are only heard of, if not experienced through Instagram filters and hashtags. So are these magical evenings spent with the Obamas everything they seem?

FamousDC put aside our casual weekend wardrobe and suited up for one of this year’s White House holiday parties. Not long after arriving, we found ourselves with a front row view of the President and First Lady’s welcome message to a small crowd of attendees. One word: elegant. Another word: amazing. Ok, one more: AH-MA-ZING.

Setting aside our myriad political differences, Americans will still be hard pressed to find a cooler first family than the Obamas, and that fact may have never been clearer than it was to those in attendance last Friday night. At every turn, guests were greeted by stunningly beautiful decor, and yet the overall atmosphere remained relaxed, down to earth and accessible. Thanks to meticulous considerations by the First Lady, who clearly gave her all to the family’s final run of holiday parties at the White House, this occasion felt like one for all, not just a fortunate few.

The provisions were plentiful, boasting a food spread that coupled comfort foods with luxury items, and even healthy bites (thanks, Michelle), not to mention a top shelf assortment of libations. All throughout the East Wing that night, guests clearly conducted themselves with ease, never feeling rushed or out of place. And frankly, we never wanted to leave.

FamousDC felt right at home for the holidays at the White House. With great thanks to the First Family and their tireless staff for incomparable hospitality, we’ll hope to see them all again soon.

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