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Photo Caption: First Lady Michelle Obama and children of military families participate in a craft project in the State Dining Room during the White House holiday press preview, Dec. 4, 2013. Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses helps children decorate Springerle cookie ornaments. Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon.

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 – First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday hosted a group of military spouses and children during a preview tour of this year’s festive Christmas holiday decorations adorning the rooms of the White House.

Tributes to U.S. service members and their families are abundant in White House holiday décor, the first lady noted when she greeted military family members in the East Room.

“Your sacrifice and service to this country [and] your families’ stories are such an important part of our great American story -- stories that remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season,” she said.

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