President Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have an indoor Christmas tree in 1889. Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting an official Christmas tree theme for the White House. She chose "The Nutcracker" theme and borrowed ornaments from her children's tree from the previous year.
From borrowed ornaments to dozens of volunteers from around the country.
Decorating the White House has evolved into quite the production over the past 124 years.
The First Lady greets the official tree and oversees the decorating. I love the traditions our country maintains and how a lady is in charge of making sure the home is beautiful.
The Red Room, Green Room, and State Dining Room are all festive and full of the Christmas spirit.
Every year the White House pastry team along with plumbers, electricians and other various members of the White House, put together a spectacular replica of the White House This year there is more than 150 pounds of gingerbread dough and 250 pounds of white chocolate.
All of the decorating culminates in the Blue Room where the official
White House Christmas has been housed for the past 50 years. This year the theme is "Gather Around."
This theme is brought to life with handmade volunteer crafts and repurposed books.
- Sarah T.