Weekly Wrap Up: Simple Gifts

A quick look at the week of December 20, 2010:

Holidays at the White House: The White House celebrates Simple Gifts this holiday season. You're invited to tour the Christmas decorations, watch behind-the-scenes videos, share a Season's Greetings message with the troops and more.

Thank you cards for servicemen and women are collected during a holiday tour

Thank you cards for servicemen and women are collected during a holiday tour in the East Wing Entrance of the White House, Dec. 8, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Tracking Santa: The Department of Energy's Los Alamos lab uses state of the art technology to track Santa Claus as he circles the globe.

West Wing Week Video: “AKA Santa Claus” -- walk step by step with the President as he signs the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” reads to kids for the Holidays, and receives the Census report.

5 Achievements: As the President said, it’s been the most productive post-election period we’ve seen in decades. Here are five post-election achievements you should know about.

White House Staff: It Gets Better Video: Inspired by President Obama’s It Gets Better video, several LGBT White House staffers decided to add their voices to the project.

“'Out of Many, We Are One”: The President signs the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” -- the right thing to do for our military, and the right thing to do for our country.

The President’s Press Conference: As this session of Congress draws to a close, the President reflects on the flurry of productivity for the American people during the final stretch.

Behind-the-Scenes Video: A day of service with President Obama and the Los Angeles Lakers.

White House White Board Video: HHS Secretary Sebelius explains how a new rule helps states review and crack down on unjustified premium hikes and protect consumers.

My American Story: Americans step up to be a part of the solution – watch the video, then visit Serve.gov to find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.

CAPTA: President Obama signs the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) – critical legislation to prevent child abuse and domestic violence.

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