This year's holiday theme combines the wonder of the season with
the magic of those classic childrens stories that have captured our hearts and shaped
American culture. Just like the holidays, great stories have a way of bringing families
On winter nights, children enjoy curling up with a loved one for cocoa and a
story. And parents beam with excitement when their children unwrap a new book which just
happens to be one of their childhood favorites.
Since stories bring us together, weve brought some favorite childrens
storybook characters to the White House to celebrate the holidays. Our thanks to the Executive
Residence staff members who recreated the characters. And special thanks to the authors and
illustrators who have given us the stories we celebrate.
George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush arrive at the Pageant of Peace to light
the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse in Washington DC on Thursday
December 4, 2003. White House photo by Paul Morse.