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A Red, White and Blue Christmas

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Red Room

Dolley Madison fancied this inviting spot as the setting for lively political discussions and stylish parties with her friends. Her role as the gracious hostess of these memorable occasions has led some to call this room the "First Ladies Parlor." Look for the portrait of Dolley Madison above the right entrance into the State Dining Room.

The crimson cranberry tree is a favorite holiday decoration in the Red Room. Red, white and blue bells sparkling on the mantel evoke the jingling sounds of Santa's sleigh.

The ornaments featured on the tree this year are decorated by artists from around the country, selected by their members of Congress. Each ornament has been specially designed to characterize the unique patriotic spirit of the artist's state, district or territory. These works of art illustrate our country's rich heritage with a holiday flair.