Published: 18-03-2010, 09:28

Christmas in the White House

Christmas in the White House: White House Christmas Parties

Christmas in the White House: A Child’s Christmas in the White House

Christmas in the White House: White House Charity

Christmas in the White House: Greetings from the White House

Christmas in the White House: A Discontinued New Year’s Custom

Christmas in the White House: White House Christmas Firsts

The White House became the official residence of the president of the United States in 1800. Throughout the nineteenth century, it was referred to as the President’s House, the President’s Palace, or the Executive Mansion. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) dubbed it the White House in 1901. As Christmas became a more important holiday in the United States, White House Christmas celebrations expanded beyond family festivities to include public acts of charity, political functions, activities dedicated to enhancing public relations, and special observances, such as the NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE-lighting ceremony.

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