Christmas at the White House beautifully documents the lavish public and private Christmas decorations, celebrations, themes, and traditions spanning half of a century inside the world's most famous address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With a foreword written by former First Lady Laura Bush, this singular book has earned the devotion of six of the most recent United States First Ladies, all of whom penned introductions to their sections. In the book, you can read what Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush have to say about how they celebrated Christmas inside America's most special home. Illustrated with more than five hundred exquisite photographs, most of which have never been viewed by the public before, the 408-page book is the first documented and published history of fifty years and nine different administrations beginning in the early 1960s with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who initiated formal Christmas themes at the White House.
|Publisher:||Fife & Drum Press|
|Product dimensions:||10.40(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Jennifer Boswell Pickens is a White House social expert, speaker, and event planner. She has personally interviewed dozens of White House insiders, including First Families, social secretaries, chiefs of staff, presidential aides, and White House Executive Residence staff. Her first book, holiday top-seller Christmas at the White House, was the first to fully and accurately document the lavish public and private Christmas decorations, celebrations, themes, traditions, and memories of more than 50 years of First Families. And, like its predecessor, Pets at the White House includes intimate contributions from living former First Families. An accomplished historian, Pickens has served on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, Friends of the SMU Library, and on other civic and prominent boards.
What People are Saying About This
It was quite interesting reading and looking at the old pictures of past presidents and their families during the holiday season (4/5 stars). —Misty Hazard, NetGalley
It is interesting to look at these books and see how trends have and have not changed over the last four decades. The strength of this book are the pictures. Because there is a lack of pictures from the Kennedy's and other presidential administrations, this book lacks some of the intrigue it could have.
Having said that, the pictures that it does have are fascinating. To see how the trends have continued and changed over the years is a reflection not only of the administration but of the United States over time. —Rebecca Pausely, NetGalley
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christmas is the time of year when decorations come out for show: stores decorate their windows, houses bring out their decorations, and the White House gets in on the fun, too! In this book, you travel year by year through sevral presidencies and see how they decorated the most famous house in teh country. You learn how many of the traditions used got their start. The Candlelight Tours, The Gingerbread House among them. You may be surprised to see which President dressed up as Santa, and which First Lady had everyday Maerican citizens submit ornaments to dorn all the trees on the first 2 levels of the White House. This book is a great holiday coffee table book. You will enjoy the numerous pictures showing the awe and wonder of Christmas at the White House.
This books is wonderful! I gave this to my mother as a gift and she absolutely LOVED it! It has gorgeous pictures of the past Presidents and their families and give a fascinating glimpse into their unique Christmas traditions. It has so many details and interesting facts about the White House. Very well researched and the pages & pictures are just beautiful. I ended up buying another copy for myself for a coffee table book, and my family loves to flip through the pages at Christmas time. We will enjoy this book for many, many years to come.
It is interesting to look at these books and see how trends have and have not changed over the last four decades. The strength of this book are the pictures. Because there is a lack of pictures from the Kennedy's and other presidential administrations, this book lacks some of the intrigue it could have. Having said that, the pictures that it does have are facinating. To see how the trends have continued and changed over the years is a reflection not only of the administration but of the United States over time.