A group of military families gathered at the White House this week for a sneak-peek of its vibrant holiday decorations. Hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, the special tour took families throughout several different rooms of the White House, including one where children were able to enjoy arts and crafts and make gifts for their families.

The theme for this year's decorations is "Gather Around," meant to celebrate the unity of Americans, according to the White House website. Many of the light displays also featured tributes to the military. 

"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," the first lady said, as quoted by the Defense Department.

More than 80 volunteers helped decorate the White House beginning the day after Thanksgiving. USA Today reported that the holiday presentation includes two dozen Christmas trees and more than 2,000 ornaments, as well as a 300-pound gingerbread replica of the White House. Visitors will be able to tour the White House decorations this month.