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The Official White House Christmas Ornament

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  • 2021 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
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    This photograph of the White House Historical Association’s Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold. The 2021 ornament honors Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States who took office on November 22, 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The front of the ornament captures Robert H. Laessig’s painting of the 1967 Blue Room Christmas tree. Laessig, a designer with American Greetings, painted the tree at the request of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson for the Johnson family’s Christmas card that year. The card was sent to members of the White House staff, family, and friends. The back of the ornament features an engraving of a quote from President Johnson’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1966 in response to the violence in Selma, Alabama and the attack by law enforcement and counter protestors on Civil Rights activists. Johnson stated, “Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man,” calling on Congress to support a bill that would protect the right to vote and outlawing discriminatory actions that would inhibit African Americans from voting. The speech is most recognized for Johnson’s plea that, “We shall overcome.” Surrounding Johnson’s quote on the back are Texas bluebonnets to honor Mrs. Johnson’s dedication to beautification projects. The bluebonnets were a favorite of Mrs. Johnson’s and are the Texas state flower, a nod to the Johnson family’s home state.
  • 2021 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This photograph of the White House Historical Association’s Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold. The 2021 ornament honors Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States who took office on November 22, 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The front of the ornament captures Robert H. Laessig’s painting of the 1967 Blue Room Christmas tree. Laessig, a designer with American Greetings, painted the tree at the request of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson for the Johnson family’s Christmas card that year. The card was sent to members of the White House staff, family, and friends. The back of the ornament features an engraving of a quote from President Johnson’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1966 in response to the violence in Selma, Alabama and the attack by law enforcement and counter protestors on Civil Rights activists. Johnson stated, “Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man,” calling on Congress to support a bill that would protect the right to vote and outlawing discriminatory actions that would inhibit African Americans from voting. The speech is most recognized for Johnson’s plea that, “We shall overcome.” Surrounding Johnson’s quote on the back are Texas bluebonnets to honor Mrs. Johnson’s dedication to beautification projects. The bluebonnets were a favorite of Mrs. Johnson’s and are the Texas state flower, a nod to the Johnson family’s home state.
  • 2021 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This photograph of the White House Historical Association’s Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold. The 2021 ornament honors Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States who took office on November 22, 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The front of the ornament captures Robert H. Laessig’s painting of the 1967 Blue Room Christmas tree. Laessig, a designer with American Greetings, painted the tree at the request of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson for the Johnson family’s Christmas card that year. The card was sent to members of the White House staff, family, and friends. The back of the ornament features an engraving of a quote from President Johnson’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1966 in response to the violence in Selma, Alabama and the attack by law enforcement and counter protestors on Civil Rights activists. Johnson stated, “Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man,” calling on Congress to support a bill that would protect the right to vote and outlawing discriminatory actions that would inhibit African Americans from voting. The speech is most recognized for Johnson’s plea that, “We shall overcome.” Surrounding Johnson’s quote on the back are Texas bluebonnets to honor Mrs. Johnson’s dedication to beautification projects. The bluebonnets were a favorite of Mrs. Johnson’s and are the Texas state flower, a nod to the Johnson family’s home state.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This photograph of the White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This photograph of the White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament
    White House Historical Association
    ornament
    retail
    This photograph of the White House Historical Association’s 2020 Official White House Christmas Ornament was photographed by David Wiegold on January 15, 2020. The ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States who took office in January 1961. On the front side of the ornament is President Kennedy's posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler. Shikler was also selected for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's official portrait. The reverse of the ornament features the dates of President Kennedy’s brief term, 1961–1963, on either side of an engraving of the White House. The White House as it is today is another Kennedy legacy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy restored the furnishings and decor of the State Rooms to the era of the early presidents. The White House Historical Association, which Mrs. Kennedy founded in 1961, continues today to fulfill the mission she envisioned: “to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.” The 40th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2019 Ornament
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    The White House Historical Association’s 2019 Official White House Christmas Ornament honors Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States. The design of the 2019 ornament follows President Eisenhower’s example of fairness: as the first president to regularly use a helicopter, he had two Executive Flight Detachments for his transport provided by flight crews of the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. To demonstrate his impartiality, Eisenhower alternated between these helicopters and their respective military personnel. Likewise the 2019 ornament does not represent a single branch of the military. One side features the Presidential Seal, representing Eisenhower’s two terms as commander in chief of the Armed Forces. On the other is his five-star rank, honoring his military service as a general in the United States Army. The 39th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2019 Ornament
    White House Historical Association
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    The White House Historical Association’s 2019 Official White House Christmas Ornament honors Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States. The design of the 2019 ornament follows President Eisenhower’s example of fairness: as the first president to regularly use a helicopter, he had two Executive Flight Detachments for his transport provided by flight crews of the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. To demonstrate his impartiality, Eisenhower alternated between these helicopters and their respective military personnel. Likewise the 2019 ornament does not represent a single branch of the military. One side features the Presidential Seal, representing Eisenhower’s two terms as commander in chief of the Armed Forces. On the other is his five-star rank, honoring his military service as a general in the United States Army. The 39th Official White House Christmas Ornament is American-made by a veteran-owned company and continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order. The sale of every ornament supports the Association’s mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the White House and educate the public on its history.
  • 2018 Ornament, Front
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    The White House Historical Association’s 2018 White House Christmas Ornament honors the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. The ornament illustrates significant changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration, including his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico. The reverse side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the ornament reflects the design as changed by Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle’s head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace.
  • 2018 Ornament, Back
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    The White House Historical Association’s 2018 White House Christmas Ornament honors the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman. The ornament illustrates significant changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration, including his celebrated Truman Balcony, added in 1947–48 to the South Portico. The reverse side features his renovated Blue Room, which, like all the rooms of the house, was dismantled and rebuilt during the renovation of 1948–52. The Presidential Seal featured at the top of the ornament reflects the design as changed by Truman. Originally the American eagle looked toward its left talons, which hold a cluster of spears, weapons of war. Truman had the seal redesigned, turning the eagle’s head away from the spears to its right talons, which hold the olive branches of peace.
  • 2017 Ornament
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    This image is of the 2017 White House Christmas Ornament honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. The ornament was inspired by the eagle cartouche adorning the speaker's stand at President Roosevelt's first inauguration in 1933. The 2017 ornament was the 37th annual ornament presented by the White House Historical Association.
  • 2017 Ornament
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    This image is of the 2017 White House Christmas Ornament honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. The ornament was inspired by the eagle cartouche adorning the speaker's stand at President Roosevelt's first inauguration in 1933. The 2017 ornament was the 37th annual ornament presented by the White House Historical Association.
  • 2016 Ornament
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    This image is the Left view (with string) of the 2016 White House Christmas Ornament that honors President Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States who was in office from 1929 to 1933. Inspired by the fire engines that responded to a 1929 Christmas Eve fire at the White House, the ornament also honors the toy trucks that were presented to children by the Hoovers' the following Christmas.
  • 2004 Ornament
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    This image of the 2004 White House Christmas Ornament honors President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881. Hayes loved the winter season, and enjoyed taking his family and guests on sleigh rides through the White House grounds and hills around Washington.
  • 2003 Ornament
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    This image of the 2003 White House Christmas Ornament honors President Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President from 1869 to 1877, and his family. Inspired by an authentic Victorian illustration of a child's joy at Christmas, the hand-painted porcelain figure is surrounded by toys available at Washington's fancy goods stores during the time.
  • 2002 Ornament
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    This image of the 2002 White House Christmas Ornament commemorates the Centennial of the 1902 Restoration of the White House. It is a crystal-like ornament that recalls the sparkling Bohemian glass of the elegant East Room chandeliers. The brass metal decorative frame includes a holiday ribbon, acanthus leaves from the East Room's Louis XVI style wall panels, and a sturdy eagle inspired by the carved mahogany pedestals of the console tables.
  • 2015 Ornament
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    This image of the 2015 White House Christmas Ornament that honors the administration of Calvin Coolidge, who served as the 30th President of the United States from 1923 to 1929. A depiction of the first National Christmas tree, it features ornaments representing the events of Coolidge's life and presidency. On Christmas Eve in 1923 President Coolidge lit strings of more than 2,500 electric bulbs on the first National Christmas Tree, an annual tradition that continues to this day. In honor of this, the ornament illuminates from a light inside the tree.
  • 2010 Ornament
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    This image of the 2010 White House Christmas Ornament honors President William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States from 1897-1901, and celebrates the role of music in the White House in a tradition that continues to this day. The McKinleys' began the era of "musicals" in the East Room.
  • 2014 Ornament
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    This image is the Side view of both train cars of the 2014 White House Christmas Ornament that honors the administration of Warren G. Harding, who served as the 29th President of the United States from 1921 to 1923. As a young boy, Harding dreamed of being a locomotive engineer, a wish that came true for 51 minutes when he was president. President Harding took over the controls of the Alaskan railroad train he rode during the "Voyage of Understanding," his famous transcontinental speaking and sightseeing tour. This ornament has two train cars that can be connected in the middle, or left separate.
  • 2013 Ornament
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    This image of the 2013 White House Christmas Ornament honors Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Wilson's quest for lasting world peace amid the unprecedented devastation of World War I earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. Inscribed on the reverse side of the ornament are words delivered by President Wilson in his War Message to Congress of April 2, 1917.
  • 2005 Ornament
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    This image of the 2005 White House Christmas Ornament honors the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. His term in office, which began in March 1881, ended tragically in September of the same year when he died more than two months after being shot twice by an assassin. His personal style and the decor of Lawnfield, his home in Mentor, Ohio, inspired this ornament's design.
  • 2012 Ornament
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    This image of the 2012 White House Christmas Ornament honors President William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States from 1909 to 1913. President Taft introduced the automobile to White House transportation in 1909, breaking a long tradition of reliance on horse-drawn vehicles. The ornament celebrates Taft's adoption of the automobile, including the White Motor Company's Model M seven passenger steam-powered touring car, his love of manufacture and invention, and his ready acceptance of modernity.
  • 2001 Ornament
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    This image of the 2001 White House Christmas Ornament is in honor of President Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States from 1865 to 1869. This three dimensional ornament is a replica of a carriage used by President Johnson. Andrew Johnson often took carriage rides out into the surrounding countryside to relax with his family after a stressful day of politics in the White House.
  • 1995 Ornament
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    This image of the 1995 White House Christmas Ornament honors Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States from 1849 to 1850. The patriotic theme of this ornament is inspired by the ceremonies that President Taylor attended on the grounds of the Washington Monument on July 4, 1850.
  • 1996 Ornament
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    This image of the 1996 White House Christmas Ornament honors Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States from 1850 to 1853. The earliest documented Presidential Seal was sketched by Fillmore and sent to Edward Stabler, a nationally renowned seal engraver.