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Happy Reading Adventures and Joyful Holidays to All.
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Welcome to a Season of Stories at the White House

This year's holiday theme combines the wonder of the season with the magic of those classic children’s stories that have captured our hearts and shaped American culture. Just like the holidays, great stories have a way of bringing families together.

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, we’ve brought some favorite children’s 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.

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush arrive at the Pageant of Peace to light the National Christmas Tree

 President 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.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading to All!

 

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Title: Holiday Videos

  • First Lady Holiday Tour  Real Media Format - Click Here to view video  Windows Media Format - Click here to view video
  • Pageant of Peace 2003
  • Nutcracker

Title: Holiday Treats

Title: Special Events

Barney Cam Barney & Spot's Winter Wonderland
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Barney & Spot's Winter Wonderland
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Barbara Bush President's Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr.
Barbara Bush reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" 1
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Andrew Card reads "Little Lost Angel"
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Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman Secretary Rod Paige
Secretary Ann Veneman reads "Auntie Claus" 2
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Education Secretary Rod Paige Reads "The Grinch" (English)
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SBA Administrator Hector Barreto OMB Director Josh Bolten
SBA Administrator Hector Barreto Reads "The Grinch" (Español)
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OMB Director Josh Bolten Reads "What is Hanukkah"
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OMB Director Josh Bolten Treasury Secretary Snow Reads - Olive, the Other Reindeer
OMB Director Josh Bolten Reads "It's Hanukkah"
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Treasury Secretary Snow Reads "Olive, the Other Reindeer" 3
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Secretary of Commerce Don Evans Mrs. Laura Bush
Secretary Evans Reads "Cowboy Night Before Christmas" 4
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Mrs. Bush Reads "Angelina's Christmas"
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1From The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Jean Hirashima, copyright © 1993 by Jean Hirashima, illustrations. Used by permission of Grosset & Dunlap, A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group, A Member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. All rights reserved.

2Copyright © 1999 by Elisa Primavera. Reproduced by permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

3From Olive, the Other Reindeer © 1997 by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh. Used with permission of Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco.

4From Cowboy Night Before Christmas by James Rice © 1986 used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

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