Issued annually by the White House Historical Association, Official White House Christmas Ornaments are hung on millions of Christmas trees each December. But the ornament program did not begin as a series. When the Angel Gabriel ornament was issued by the Association in 1981, it was an immediate success and the phenomenon began. Today the ornaments are a popular collector’s item and a long-standing and beloved tradition. This book includes the collected stories behind the design of each of the forty ornaments issued from 1981 to 2020. The fortieth ornament, made for 2020, honors President John F. Kennedy. It was during his administration that the White House Historical Association was founded. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned that the nonprofit Association would serve as a private partner in maintaining the White House while educating Americans about its history.
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