In Honor of the holiday season, and the ongoing political campaigning, here are some lavish looks from Christmases past at the White House.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, started the holiday tradition of having an annual theme for the White House Christmas tree. In 1961, Jackie O chose for her theme, the “Nutcracker Suite”
In 1969, First Lady Patricia Nixon chose for her theme, “state flowers”. Each ornament portraying a state flower was hand painted and commissioned by disabled workers in Florida.
In 1978, First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s theme was “antique toys”, honering American Folk Art of the Colonial Period.
First Lady Nancy Reagan also went with the American Folk Art theme, and in 1981 borrowed ornaments from the Museum of American Folk Art.
Nancy Reagan and Mr. T dressed as Santa
1994, First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton standing with the White House Christmas tree.
1995, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton standing in front of the White House Christmas tree.
President Barrack Obama admiring the White House interior holiday decorations in 2008.
First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama posing in front of the White House Christmas tree,
2015 interior decorations
The 2015 White House Christmas Tree, with a “Red, White & Blue” theme chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama. A patriotic symbol for the United States as well as France.
For more Holiday History from the White House, go to: whitehousehistory.org