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Cross Hall and Grand Foyer

The Cross Hall is adorned with glass garlands, spiral topiaries, and trees of red poinsettias. Holly and berries decorate the pier tables, and garlands of pine and ribbon descend the grand staircase.

The Grand Foyer is best known for welcoming guests with the sounds of the season. At White House holiday receptions, the Marine Band entertains with joyful Christmas melodies.

Many a Christmas tune has been played on the Steinway piano, brought to the White House in 1938. One of the most popular songs that year was "Alexander's Ragtime Band,"penned by Irving Berlin. Four years later, the songwriter would go on to compose one of the most beloved Christmas tunes of all time: "White Christmas."

Over the years, the White House has been the scene of many beloved Christmas memories. And now you've become part of White House holiday history as well. May this season's visit to the White House be one of your merry memories!


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