State Dining Room Decorated for the Holidays, Ford Administration
This photograph of Christmas decorations in the State Dining Room was taken by Karl Schumacher on December 13, 1974. A patchwork quilt is on the table, with dolls of Mr. and Mrs. Clause and elves as a centerpiece. The fireplace mantel is decorated with candles and a garland of poinsettias and ivy. The walls, sconces, and chandelier are also decorated with garlands, alongside a topiary made from poinsettias in the corner of the room. First Lady Betty Ford selected handmade crafts as the theme for the holiday decor. The theme promoted Americana and provided inspiration for thrifty decorations, as many households limited their holiday budgets due to a poor economy.