Friday, October 14, 2011

White House Christmas Traditions

Did you know the Obamas had twenty-seven trees their first Christmas in the White House, or that the first official White House Christmas theme was the "Nutcracker," chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961?

Interior decorator, Coleen Christian Burke, uncovers the White House holiday traditions of First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama in her new book, "Christmas with the First Ladies."

With recipes, photographs, decorating ideas and instructions, Burke reveals the traditions and celebrations of the White House from the past several decades, filling readers with holiday spirit.


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