You know, aside from things about economic policy, technology, and other WONKy political stuff.
1. The President's favorite dessert is pie. That's directly from White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. Apparently, Yosses's pie is so good that President Obama has nicknamed him The Crustmaster.
2. You would not want to take a bite out of this 400 pound architecturally accurate to scale recreation of the White House in gingerbread, white chocolate and marzipan. Because the gingerbread was made in September and stored in a dry place, so as to become as brick-like as possible.
3. The official White House Christmas Tree, seen here in The Blue Room, was chosen via a contest among tree growers. White House florist Laura Dowling informed us that a team travels to see the top contenders. This one is from Neshkoro, Wisconsin. A place I've never heard of, but believe to be in the region known as "Up North".
7. White House holiday decorations not only have a theme, but also subthemes. No, really. And one of this year's subthemes was Bo, the dog. Here's Bo made out of licorice and marshmallows. Also Bo made out of buttons and Bo made out of trash bags.
9. Some of the Twitter thinks a good idea is to wear jeans to the White House. Then again, some of the White House thinks it's a good idea to host a tweetup, much of the point of which is to have the participants live-tweet the events, in an auditorium with no cell service or wifi.
10. If there is a War on Christmas (THERE ISN'T), it's certainly not headquartered at the White House. The lone indication we saw that there might be any non-Christmas holidays occuring wasn't even in the White House itself. In the lobby of the Old Executive Office Building, where we had our morning session, was this gigantic Christmas tree and next to it, this little menorah on a bistro table.
13. Apparently, the petitions at We the People really do play a role in White House policy discussions, per several of the people who spoke to us. You know, in case you wanted me to learn something that was actually helpful and informative for you.
14. Scrooge's nephew Fred is played in the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol by Lord John Marbury. Ok fine, I didn't learn that from the White House Tweetup on Monday so much as from the television just now, but it seemed germane.
In conclusion: Shine, Give, Share, people. And when at the White House, eat the pie, leave the gingerbread.