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  • Holiday Card from President and Mrs. Johnson, 1968
    White House Calligraphy Office
    south view
    print
    holidays
    South Lawn
    Christmas
    Washington Monument
    Jefferson Memorial
    This is the illustrated side of a holiday card that was presented to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller from First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon B. Johnson in December 1968. The card features an illustration by Robert Laessig of the South Grounds as seen from the South Portico, with the Jefferson Monument and Washington Monument visible in the distance. The card includes a note from the presidential couple, declaring "appreciation" and "warmest wishes" for "all the years ahead." The Johnson's 1968 holiday card marked both the passing of the holiday season as well as the end of the Johnson administration, with the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon the following month. To see the full card, see 1128399. This card is part of a personal collection belonging to Chef Haller. In the position, Haller served five first families and their distinguished guests from 1966-1987.
  • South View of the White House at Christmastime, Trump Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    south view
    holidays
    Christmas
    South Portico
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph, showing a south view of the White House, was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 5, 2019. For the holiday season, wreaths were hung and lights from the interior decorations, including the Blue Room Christmas Tree, were captured faintly through the windows. This photograph was taken from the Ellipse, ahead of the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • South View of the White House at Christmastime, Trump Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    south view
    holidays
    Christmas
    South Portico
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph, showing a south view of the White House, was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 5, 2019. For the holiday season, wreaths were hung and lights from the interior decorations, including the Blue Room Christmas Tree, were captured faintly through the windows. This photograph was taken from the Ellipse, ahead of the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
  • Flock of Birds Near Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 5, 2019, shows a flock of birds atop a tree near the Eisenhower Executive Office Building during the pre-show of the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. While the birds were not a scheduled part of the evening's performance, they served as a reminder that the event took place on protected natural parkland: the Ellipse on President's Park, managed by the National Park Service. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts have annually drawn hundreds of attendees.
  • Flock of Birds Near the National Christmas Tree
    Matthew D'Agostino
    Christmas
    Ellipse
    holidays
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph, taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 5, 2019, shows a flock of birds above the National Christmas Tree during the pre-show of the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. While the birds were not a scheduled part of the evening's performance, they served as a reminder that the event took place on protected natural parkland: the Ellipse on President's Park, managed by the National Park Service. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts have annually drawn hundreds of attendees.
  • South View of the White House at Christmastime
    Unknown
    Christmas
    holidays
    south view
    South Portico
    This photograph presents a south view of the White House at night in December 1972, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. The house is framed between foliage strung with lights, likely two decorated Christmas trees. For the holiday season, wreaths are hung from the South Portico, and garland winds down its east and west steps. The official White House Christmas Tree can also be seen through the window of the Blue Room, in the center of the State Floor.
  • 2019 Holiday Decorations on the North Portico
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Portico
    Christmas
    north view
    This photograph of the North Portico and North Front of the White House decorated for the holiday season was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a press preview of the year's holiday decor. The windows were decorated with festive wreaths and a large ribbon greeted visitors coming through the doors. The holiday theme for 2019 was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • 2019 Holiday Decorations on the North Portico
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Portico
    Christmas
    north view
    This photograph of the North Portico and North Front of the White House decorated for the holiday season was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a press preview of the year's holiday decor. The windows were decorated with festive wreaths and a large ribbon greeted visitors coming through the doors. The holiday theme for 2019 was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • 2019 Holiday Decorations at West Wing Entrance
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    West View
    This photograph of the West Wing Entrance was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a preview of the White House holiday decorations. A large Christmas tree is visible through the doors. The holiday theme for 2019 was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • 2019 Holiday Decorations at West Wing Entrance
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    West View
    This photograph of the West Wing Entrance was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a preview of the White House holiday decorations. A large Christmas tree is visible through the doors. The holiday theme for 2019 was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • 2019 Holiday Decorations on the North Portico
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    North Portico
    Christmas
    north view
    This photograph of the North Portico and North Front of the White House decorated for the holiday season was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a press preview of the year's holiday decor. The windows were decorated with festive wreaths and a large ribbon greeted visitors coming through the doors. The holiday theme for 2019 was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • 2019 Holiday Decorations on the North Windows
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    north view
    This photograph of the windows on the North Front of the White House was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a press preview for the year's holiday decor. The windows were decorated with festive wreaths. The holiday theme for 2019 decorations was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • The U.S. Marine Band Performs in the Entrance Hall
    Matthew D'Agostino
    music
    military
    holidays
    U.S. Marine Band
    Christmas
    Entrance Hall
    State Floor
    This photograph of the United States Marine Band was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on the morning of December 2, 2019 during a press preview of the White House holiday decor. The U.S. Marine Band performed in the Entrance Hall of the Executive Mansion among the festive Christmas trees lining the hall and in the adjacent Cross Hall. The holiday theme for 2019 was “The Spirit of America”, which recognized the United States' rich history and traditions. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations paid tribute to the individuals who have shaped the country and kept the American spirit alive, drawing inspiration from the hard working people and families Mrs. Trump met on her travels as first lady.
  • South Portico Decorated for Christmas, Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    south view
    This photograph of the festively decorated South Portico was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 4, 2014, shortly before the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The Blue Room Christmas tree can faintly be seen through the window on the lower balcony. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts draw hundreds of attendees.
  • 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    south view
    holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 4, 2014, shortly before the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by actor Tom Hanks and his wife, singer and actress Rita Wilson, and featured performances by Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, and Steve Miller. First Lady Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year," Mo'ne Davis, and President Barack Obama danced with Santa Claus. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts draw hundreds of attendees.
  • 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    south view
    holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 4, 2014, shortly before the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by actor Tom Hanks and his wife, singer and actress Rita Wilson, and featured performances by Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, and Steve Miller. First Lady Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year," Mo'ne Davis, and President Barack Obama danced with Santa Claus. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts draw hundreds of attendees.
  • 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    south view
    holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 4, 2014, shortly before the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by actor Tom Hanks and his wife, singer and actress Rita Wilson, and featured performances by Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, and Steve Miller. First Lady Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year," Mo'ne Davis, and President Barack Obama danced with Santa Claus. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts draw hundreds of attendees.
  • 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    south view
    holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    This photograph was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 4, 2014, shortly before the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by actor Tom Hanks and his wife, singer and actress Rita Wilson, and featured performances by Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, and Steve Miller. First Lady Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year," Mo'ne Davis, and President Barack Obama danced with Santa Claus. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts draw hundreds of attendees.
  • 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Ellipse
    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Christmas
    south view
    This photograph was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on December 4, 2014, shortly before the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by actor Tom Hanks and his wife, singer and actress Rita Wilson, and featured performances by Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Fifth Harmony, and Steve Miller. First Lady Michelle Obama read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year," Mo'ne Davis, and President Barack Obama danced with Santa Claus. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a cherished holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. When President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in 1923, the celebration attracted more than 6,000 spectators. The opening ceremony and nightly holiday concerts draw hundreds of attendees.
  • View from the South Portico, Nixon Administration
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    winter holidays
    south view
    Washington Monument
    Christmas
    South Grounds
    This photograph was taken from the east side of the South Portico of the White House in December 1969 during the administration of Richard M. Nixon. The South Fountain, National Christmas Tree, and Jefferson Memorial appear in a diagonal procession. On the left side of the photograph, the Washington Monument is also visible.
  • View from the South Portico, Nixon Administration
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    winter holidays
    south view
    Washington Monument
    Christmas
    South Grounds
    This photograph was taken from the east side of the South Portico of the White House in December 1969 during the administration of Richard M. Nixon. The South Fountain, National Christmas Tree, and Jefferson Memorial appear in a diagonal procession. On the left side of the photograph, the Washington Monument is also visible.
  • View from the South Portico, Nixon Administration
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    south view
    Christmas
    winter holidays
    South Grounds
    Washington Monument
    This photograph was taken from the east side of the South Portico of the White House in December 1969 during the administration of Richard M. Nixon. The South Fountain, National Christmas Tree, and Jefferson Memorial appear in a diagonal procession. On the left side of the photograph, the Washington Monument is also visible.
  • The White House Kitchen Garden
    Matthew D'Agostino
    South Lawn
    Easter Egg Roll
    holidays
    This photograph was taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association on April 17, 2017. This photograph captures the White House Kitchen Garden, located on the South Lawn of the White House Grounds. The photograph was taken during the 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll.