"Celebrating the Holiday Season at the White House"



Thanksgiving at the White House

Follow the rich tradition of Thanksgiving at the executive mansion with a historic photograph slideshow and these additional background fact-pages:

»  Thanksgiving at the White House Timeline

»  The White House Tradition of "Pardoning" a Turkey

»  Horace Vose and the White House Holiday Turkeys



Holiday Cheer at the White House

The Holidays are always an elaborate and joyous event at the White House. Follow the traditions through the years with this historic photograph presentation and the following historical background fact-pages:

»  A Brief History of Christmas Traditions at the White House

»  Christmas Celebrations at the White House

»  The 2013 Holiday Season at the White House



Christmas Tree Themes

Explore the celebration of Christmas at the White House through the yearly tradition of tree & card themes begun by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961.



The White House Christmas Ornament Collection

Since its start in 1981, The White House Historical Association's White House Christmas Ornament has become a highly anticipated yearly tradition. View the collection in its entirety.



New Year's Day Receptions

On January 1, 1801, the first public reception was held in the President's House, and a democratic social custom began. From 1801 until its end in 1932, the New Year's Reception at the White House was a time-honored public tradition.


«  White House History Themes