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The 2015 White House Christmas Ornament

Honoring President Calvin Coolidge & the first National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923

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Homestead

The General Store

Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872, in a one-and-one half story house attached to the two-story family general store. In 1924, President Coolidge adapted the second floor of the store or “ballroom” as his summer White House office. The general store is hanging on the top center of the official 2015 White House Christmas ornament.

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Baseball

Baseball

President Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge were baseball fans and temporarily transferred their allegiance from the Boston Red Sox to the Washington Senators. They enjoyed going to watch the Senators, who won the World Series in 1924 and the American League championship in 1925.

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cannon

Cannon

Coolidge was born on July 4 and as a teenager is said to have joined other boys of Plymouth Notch in stealing a cannon from nearby Plymouth Union; boys from Plymouth Union would steal the cannon back in a back-and-forth ritual that went on for years.

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Feathers from a Native American headress

Eagle Feathers

On June 2, 1924 President Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted full citizenship to Native Americans. In 1926 he appointed a commission to examine federal programs for Native Americans and to investigate life on reservations.

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Medal

Distinguished Flying Cross

On June 11, 1927 President Coolidge awarded Charles Lindbergh the first Distinguished Flying Cross for his nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20 and 21, 1927.

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Hat

Cowboy Hat

Calvin Coolidge enjoyed wearing Western garb while on a 2-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1927. Movie star Tom Mix, with his trademark 10-gallon hat, was just one of the famous celebrities to visit Calvin Coolidge at the White House. A cowboy hat sits on a branch on the middle right of the official White House ornament for 2015.

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Fishing gear

Fishing

As president, Coolidge enjoyed fishing at White Pine Camp in the Adirondacks above Saranac Lake, New York, and at the “Summer White House” in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Lantern

Kerosene Lamp

President Calvin Coolidge’s swearing-in took place in John Coolidge's family parlor at Plymouth Notch, Vermont by the light of a kerosene lamp at 2:47 a.m. on August 3, 1923 after word had arrived by telegram of President Harding’s sudden death in San Francisco.

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The White House

The White House

The White House always had an attic, but a full third floor was not created until the Coolidge Administration. When problems with the roof structure were discovered, architects increased the pitch of the roof and lowered the floor to accommodate new guest and service rooms. At Mrs. Coolidge’s request a sunroom facing south toward the river was added.

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Microphone

Radio Microphone

On December 6, 1923 a presidential address was broadcast on a radio network for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress. The speech was heard by about half of the nation.

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Coolidge and Dawes Campaign Button

Campaign Button

With no 25th Amendment yet in effect, the office of vice president remained vacant for the first one year and seven months of Coolidge’s presidency. On June 12, 1924 Charles G. Dawes was nominated by the Republican National Convention and sworn in as vice president on March 4, 1925.

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Rebecca the racoon

Rebecca the Raccoon

A little raccoon was sent from Mississippi to be part of the White House Thanksgiving meal in 1926, but the Coolidge’s liked her so much they adopted her as a pet instead. The raccoon was named Rebecca on Christmas Eve 1926 and soon became a White House fixture. She is perched near the bottom of the 2015 White House ornament.

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

On August 10, 1927 President Calvin Coolidge attended the dedication ceremony of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

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Socks

Socks

Shortly after their marriage in 1905 Calvin Coolidge presented his new wife Grace with a basket containing pairs of socks to mend. When she asked him if he had married her to get his socks darned, he replied, “No—but I find it mighty handy.”

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