Melissa the Mouse and the Holiday White House, 12/14/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #77)

My name is [(1) right] Melissa the Mouse,
I just visited a beautifully holiday [(2) below] decorated grand place.
It is our nation’s first home, The White House.
And within its hallowed walls, our nation’s history we can trace.

For 2011, “Shine, Give, Share”
Is the White House Holiday [(3) left]  theme.
It focuses on showing our military families and our troops that we care.
For they serve so we may live our dreams.

And for our troops coming home soon, here is Josh Groban singing “I’ll be Home for Christmas” [(4) below]

[also found at]

The Obamas, our President Barack and [(5) right] First Lady Michelle
Grace our nation with their service and goodwill.
The Holiday White House history they do tell,
Of past first families who have lived on the hill.

To be sure, my visit was virtually done,
The internet traveling there for me quite swiftly.
You  see, of  frequent flier miles, I have none.
And my cozy mousie nest is so nifty.

So for others who want to visit our nation’s [(6) above] first home,
Especially as the holiday decorated White House,
Here are some links for you to roam,
Courtesy of Moi, Melissa the Mouse.

The main Holiday White House page

2011 White House Holiday Tour Book (below)

Michelle Obama speaks about the importance of recognizing and supporting our military and their families before the grand opening tour of the 2011 Holiday White House:

“The First Lady Previews the 2011 White House Holiday Decorations”

[also found at ]

“The Littlest Bo” is a video about the First Dog sculpture decorations around the 2011 Holiday White House:

[also found at]

Here is a general interest web page that has a link to a virtual tour of the White House

References (not otherwise listed above)

(1)   Image representing the virtual Melissa the Mouse–a character that Grati created and will expand upon in future posts–was found at ;  the santa hat on Melissa the Mouse was courtesy of MSOffice Clip Art and found at

(2)   “President Barack Obama shows military officials the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room following a meeting, Dec. 1, 2011. The 18-foot-6 inch balsam fir is decorated with holiday cards created by military children and ornaments featuring medals, badges, and patches from all of the military branches. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)”
Melissa the Mouse is composited into the photo.  The original White House tree image was found at

(3)   Logo for “Shine, Share, Give”, the 2011White House Holiday Theme found at

(4)   Josh Groban singing “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

(5)   Melissa the Mouse is composited into the official White House portrait of First Lady, Michelle Obama.  The original portrait image was found at

(6)   Melissa the Mouse composited into a picture of the White House exterior.  The original White House image was found at

(7)   Nota Bene:  Melissa the Mouse is a fictional, virtual character created by her human Gratiana Lovelace.  Melissa the Mouse plans to virtually visit and fictionally write about her experiences in mice life.  So, please suspend your disbelief and join her for the ride.  All references to real living persons that she may or may not have met and actual places are pure whimsy and meant in good fun.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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4 Responses to Melissa the Mouse and the Holiday White House, 12/14/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #77)

  1. Fabi says:

    Hi Melissa the Mouse,
    I think it’s very interesting and just have a little relevant question: Why a First Dog instead a First Cat???
    Meowy Christmas!
    Fabi the Grey Cat


    • Hi Fabi the Grey Cat,

      As First Pets go,
      Whether they be dog or cat,
      It’s just that the Obamas have a Bo,
      Who isn’t feline, no not that.

      But I’m guessing that cats did roam
      In the White House over time.
      Because as the nation’s first “home”,
      Cats would like it and find it sublime.

      So, dust off your fur
      And get ready to virtually travel there
      To the White House to be sure.
      While snuggled up with your Mama’s tender loving care.

      Very Micely Yours, Holiday Cheeses! Melissa the Mouse


  2. Fabi says:

    (Melissa, if you forgive the poor rhymes:)

    I was here on Mama’s lap
    When I first saw the White House.
    And I’m just a lucky cat
    By having a friend in a mouse!


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