Good Afternoon! Let's continue
our White House Tree Tour,
We will begin with First Lady
Hillary Clinton. In 1995, Mrs.
Clinton chose the theme: "A
Visit from Saint Nicholas." The
theme was inspired by the book
and a family tradition of the
President reading the story to
Chelsea and then to the school
children who visited the White
The ornaments for this tree came
from architects--they were based
on the home in the story and needle
pointers made stockings to tie
in with the phrase" the stockings
were hung by the chimney with care."
In 2001, First Lady Laura Bush's
theme plans change somewhat
due to 9/11.
Her theme: "Home for the Holi-
days" took on a stronger signifi-
cance due to being at war. But
even with the White House closed,
tours and parties cancelled and
few visitors to the White House,
Christmas decorating did go on.
It was a white Christmas with
shades of pure white, pearl white.
off-white and grayish white plus
splashes of silver, gold and
crystals. White ornaments
depicting homes like the
Biltmore Mansion in North
Carolina and places of
worship were contributed by
various artists around the
country for the Blue Room
Barack and Michelle Obama
came to the White House in
2009 as the President and
Having never been to the
White House and wanting
to share it with everyone,
the First Lady chose the theme:
"Reflect, Rejoice and Renew"
which also was a family theme
in the Obama household.
Being a proponent of healthy
eating, Mrs. Obama wanted to
incorporate the White House
garden into the decor, she also
wanted to repurpose existing
ornaments from past Christ-
Hundreds of large plastic balls
were found in the White House
warehouse and these were
distributed to sixty community
groups to decorate, they were
asked to illustrate an important
place or monument by decoupaging
the ornaments with pictures
representing their subject.
All total there were 600 ornaments
decorated by various groups. Before
they were hung on the Blue Room
tree the ornaments were strung on
blue ribbon that Girl Scouts embroid-
ered "reflect, rejoice and renew" in
several languages. A wide gold ribbon
encircled the tree, culminating in a
big bow as the tree topper.
There you have it---White House
trees through five decades.
Hope you have enjoyed these posts,
if you missed one scroll backwards.
~Keep on Dreaming~