From the Kennedy’s to the Obama’s take a look back at holiday decor on 1600 Pennsylvania avenue.
In 1961 Jacqueline Kennedy was the first to decorate the White House Christmas Tree. She chose “Nutcracker Suite” as her theme in honor of the ballet.
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson decorated their tree in the yellow oval room. Claudia adopted the same tree from the Kennedy’s but added a touch of glitter with silver balls, silver stars and round mirrors.
Richard and Pat Nixon continued with the tree decorating. In addition the First Lady instituted Candlelight Tours of the White House during the holidays for working class family’s that couldn’t visit during the daytime.
For the 1974 Holiday Season, Betty and Gerald Ford chase a patchwork theme to empathize frugality and simplicity during the recession years. The First Lady also suggest to make your own Christmas ornaments to save money.
Rosalynn Carter chose a Victorian Theme for the 1980 Holiday Season. The same year she threw one of the largest Christmas parties at the White House that featured an entire ice skating rink.
The Reagan’s invited Mr. T to play Santa in 1984.
The George H.W. Bush years 1989-1993
Their tree was themed “Gift Givers.” 88 gift-giving characters were created by the White House Florist for their tree.
The Clinton’s 1993-2001
They decorated their tree in the State Dining Room. This same year they organized the first official menorah lighting at The White House.
The first Christmas after the September 11th attacks Laura Bush chose the theme “Home for the Holidays.” She said “Home” just meant so much more to everyone after September 11th.
The Obama’s came up with the theme “Reflect, Rejoice, Renew” for the 2009 holiday season. The First Lady also had ideas that were inclusive of 56 snow people that represnt all of the countries states and territories in 2015.
Source People Magazine November 24th