Christmas at the White House
An enchanting tour of the holiday decorations and traditions of 12 presidential families
The Cleveland family Christmas tree, set up in the second-floor Oval Room of the White House, was the first to boast electric light bulbs.
President Calvin Coolidge participates in the first national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the White House grounds.
Workers decorate the front of the White House for Christmas.
The Roosevelts try to pose for a family holiday card in the East Room.
Caroline Kennedy inspects the Christmas tree in the Blue Room before a party for White House employees.
Lyndon B. Johnson and his family on Christmas Eve.
Staff from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection decorate the Blue Room Christmas tree.
First lady Betty Ford, Santa Claus, and clowns lead a procession of Diplomatic Corps children at a White House Christmas party.
President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter share the first dance of the evening at the Congressional Christmas Ball at the White House.
First lady Nancy Reagan poses alongside a 20-foot noble fir, which will be decorated for Christmas.
President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan play with their new dog Lucky in the family's private quarters.
First lady Barbara Bush, holding her grandson, places the star on top of the national Christmas tree.
President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to local kids in the East Room.
President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, and the kids of military personnel serving overseas watch a performance of A Christmas Carol at the White House.
First lady Michelle Obama and White House staff decorate cookies with kids from military families.
White House pastry chef Bill Yosses explains his design for the nearly 300-pound gingerbread house — a White House holiday tradition since the 1960s.