The History of Christmas at the White House 1789-2009

image from the 44 Diaries

I’m no War on Christmas soldier – on either side – but I think a heartfelt wish for joy and peace with one’s fellow (hu)man is a kind and loving sentiment. Similarly, whether you’re christian or not, past xmas observances at the White House are pretty and interesting. The 44 Diaries has a post up titled “The History of Christmas at the White House 1789-2009.” Skip the cheesy youtube video and click the links to the various periods of time. Neat stuff!

When the second President of the United States, John Adams, moved into what would come to be known as the White House, the residence was cold, damp, and drafty. Sitting at the edge of a dreary swamp, the First Family had to keep 13 fireplaces lit in an effort to stay comfortable. It is in this setting that the cantankerous president held the first ever White House Christmas party in honor of his granddaughter, Susanna. It could be said that the invitations sent for this party were the very first White House Christmas cards, though in those early days, the building was referred to as the President’s Palace, Presidential Mansion, or President’s House.

Hope you’re having a merry christmas or a pleasant day off of work. Or both!

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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