Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House Tuesday for a look at the holiday decorations, some tasty treats and plenty of Bo sightings.

    The first dog popped up in nearly every room, in fact; his likeness had been replicated in ornaments, as cookies—even as a four-and-a-half-foot topiary made out of felt!

    “It’s sort of a ‘where’s Bo?’ … because he’s hidden everywhere,” Michelle said. “Trust me, our dog has been a little confused walking around the house for the last couple of weeks, seeing himself in gigantic form.”

    Later in the day, the real Bo came out to greet everyone and pose for pictures.

    Other highlights? A 400-pound gingerbread White House drenched in white chocolate, an elaborate nativity scene and 37 Christmas trees—one of which was more than 18 feet tall and featured medals from every branch of military service.

    The glittering décor, tributes to the troops and handmade crafts embody this year’s chosen theme, “Shine, Give, Share.”

    Nearly 100 volunteers from across the country helped deck the White House halls this year, along with some Blue Star families (meaning they have one or more family members in active duty) and Gold Star families (who’ve had one or more family members die in duty).

    Remembering the military parents, spouses and kids in attendance, Michelle said, “I know for some of you this holiday season will be tough. But hopefully it’s times like this that make you know that you live in a grateful nation and that we are just so inspired by your sacrifice.”

    —Ericka Boston
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