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‘Tis the season to be jolly?
Sarah Palin is not impressed with this year’s official White House holiday greeting card, which opts for a more secular approach to the season.
Pictured on the card, designed by L.A. artist Mark Matuszak, is the Obama family dog, Bo, seated in front of a blazing fireplace. Though a Christmas tree is nowhere to be seen, the room does contain a seasonal garland, a poinsettia and several wrapped gifts.
The inside of the card reads: “From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.”
Speaking with Fox News, the former Alaska Gov. said that she found the card “odd,” criticizing the Obama administration for neglecting to emphasize American traditions of “family, faith and freedom.”
Palin added that Americans appreciate “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”
This is not the first year that a decorated evergreen has been missing from the White House card — last year’s holiday greeting featured an image of a snow-covered White House with the message, “May your holiday be filled with all the simple gifts of the season, and may your new year be blessed with health and happiness.”
According to the L.A. Times, artist Matuszak recalls being contacted by the White House social secretary, who asked him to create the card in question.
“They wanted to do an inside shot, something home related,” Matuszak said, noting that the family wanted to focus on Bo. “So we thought, let’s put Bo in front of a fireplace.”
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