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Social secretary plans for every Christmas tree, but his own

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

Despite the extreme hustle and bustle of the holiday season, White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard says it's still his favorite time of the year.

"It's really amazing, it really puts you in the mood," he told Yeas & Nays last week. Bernard, who has held the top social planning job since 2011, is coming up on his second holiday season, with more than 20 holiday parties to prepare for, along with the massive task of decorating the White House for guests.

"You know, there's a lot of traditions, but you meet with a lot of people and you get a lot of different ideas and you always change it around and there's always a new idea and a new twist to everything," he said. And while the Obama's social secretary is staying mum about what's exactly in store for this year's holiday decor, he said he's been looking to previous administrations for inspiration. "The nice thing is you get to take from each and create your own, it's a great honor," he said.

Volunteers arrived Thanksgiving night and will help Bernard decorate the White House for five days. In addition, the official White House Christmas tree arrives Friday, coming from Peak Farms in Ashe County, N.C. First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to greet the tree, which will later be decorated and put on display in the blue room.

Speaking of trees, Bernard admits there is one downside to all this decorating. "When I got home I don't feel like decorating my own tree," he said. "But I don't think there's a time when the White House is more beautiful," he happily added.

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