“We thank all of them for the gifts they’ve given to us, the incredible performances, the incredible innovation, the incredible ideas, and the incredible expressions of the human spirit.” —President Obama awarding the #MedalOfFreedom to 18 recipients

The Obamas shop small at @Politics_Prose, a local bookstore, on #SmallBusinessSaturday.

President Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha shop for Christmas gifts at Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, DC on #SmallBizSat

Christmas decorations on the Oval Office rug.

George Washington monitors the Christmas decorations in the Oval Office.

Decorating the Christmas tree in the Oval Office today.

Christmas decorations in a box. Oval Office.

And so it begins. Christmas decorations begin at the White House. Here US Park Service personnel prepare a tree in the East Room.

President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

The 2014 White House Christmas Tree Arrives

The First Lady, along with Sasha, Malia, Bo, and Sunny, receive the 2014 White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico on the day after Thanksgiving.