Story Behind White House Holiday Card

Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September.

The Des Moines, Iowa, artist said “it was a very surreal moment,” when she got the call from the White House secretary’s office while cooking pizza for her family one night, hearing that first lady Michelle Obama had chosen her piece.

The White House released the 2012 Christmas card, painted by Kabel, this morning.

“I had very, very, very low expectations about it in the first place,” Kabel told ABC News. She said her husband kept asking her afterwards, “Did I dream that you’re going to do this?”

“No, I had the same dream,” she would reply. “I’m pretty sure this is true.”