In 2004, First Lady Bush selected the theme "A Season of Merriment and Melody." A symphony of musical instruments hand-painted by members of the Society of Decorative Painters adorned the official Christmas tree. The 2005 "All Things Bright and Beautiful" tree featured white lilies, crystal spheres, and light-catching garlands. In 2006, the Christmas tree sparkled with crystals and ornaments of iridescent glass to "Deck the Halls and Welcome All."
During the 2007 "Holiday in the National Parks," artists decorated 391 ornaments representing national parks, memorials, seashores, historic sites, and monuments across the country. Each ornament reflected the diversity of our national landscape. In 2008, Mrs. Bush chose the patriotic theme, "A Red, White, and Blue Christmas," and trimmed the official Christmas tree with ornaments designed by artists from around the country selected by members of Congress.