Christmas at the White House
by Jennifer B. Pickens
Published by Fife & Drum Press, 2009
Almost fifty years of White House Christmases are documented in this beautifully illustrated book. From Christmas trees to crèches to gingerbread houses, to garden swings in the snow, there are photographs to show them all and to discuss how each Presidential family made their own mark on Christmas at the White House. The older photographs in particular are so quaint and so stylistically dated in fashions and clothes that it is almost like looking at fascinating museum displays.
As a Brit, I find it extremely appealing that successive Presidents and their families not only make make a point of decorating the White House for Christmas, but that the decorations are always photographed and discussed. We do not get to see our Queen’s decorations at her official residences, which is a shame, but I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into American First Family life.