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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy introduced the tradition of Christmas Tree themes in 1961 with a "Nutcracker Suite" theme featuring trimmings derived from the ballet by Tchaikovsky. Ornaments included gingerbread cookies, tiny toys, wrapped packages, candy canes and straw ornaments made by disabled or senior citizen craftsmen throughout the United States.

1961 Season's Greetings


President Kennedy family photo. White House Collection.

2001 White House Tree
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush

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