Information from Past Holiday Seasons
at the White House
1999 Holiday Treasures at the White House
Premier artists from across the country designed and created
reproductions of colonial crafts to hang on the tree; Tinsmiths made
colonial reproduction tin items; Doll makers made reproductions of
important historical figures from our past.
In addition, individual projects from Save America’s Treasures made
models or representatives of their Treasure to hang on a special tree
in the East Foyer or to be showcased on the State Floor on pier tables
1998 Winter Wonderland
Snowmen were made by fabric artists who were recommended by the spouse
of the Governor of each state; Knitted mittens and hats were made by
members of The Knitting Guild of America; wooden ornaments were made
by members of the Society of Decorative Painters.
1997 Santa’s Workshop
Miniature Santa Suits were made by over 100 designers from the Council
of Fashion Designers of America; glass balls were made by glass
artisans; needlework toys were made by members of the National
1996 The Nutcracker
Nutcracker ornaments were made by regional and professional Ballet
Companies; wooden nutcrackers were made by Wood Craft artisans;
needlepoint stockings were made by members of the American Needlepoint
Guild and the Embroiders Guild of America.
1995 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Ornaments depicting the theme were made by members of the American
Institute of Architects and architect students; needlepoint stockings
depicting the theme, were made by members of the Embroiders Guild of
America and the American Needlepoint Guild. In addition, the trees
in the Grand Foyer were dressed with edible ornaments made by culinary
schools from across the country.
1994 The Twelve Days of Christmas
Art and design students from Blue Ribbon Schools and the National
Society of Tole and Decorative Painters made ornaments.
7000 craft artists from around the nation created Angels in 5
Official White House Christmas Card
- 2000: Art taken from the original watercolor by Ray Ellis entitled
"The White House, First Family’s Residence, The Yellow Oval Room"
- 1999: Art taken from the original watercolor by Ray Ellis entitled
"The White House, Our American Treasure, North Portico"
- 1998: Art taken from the original watercolor by Ray Ellis entitled
"The White House, The State Dining Room"
- 1997: Art taken from the original painting by Kay Jackson entitled
"White House Nocturne 1997, South Lawn"
- 1996: Art taken from the original painting by Thomas McKnight entitled
"The White House, The Green Room"
- 1995: Art taken from the original painting by Thomas McKnight entitled
"White House Blue Room"
- 1994: Art taken from the original painting by Thomas McKnight entitled
"White House Christmas" of the Red Room
- 1993: Portrait of President and Mrs. Clinton by internationally renowned
photographer Neal Slavin.
Blue Room Tree’s origination:
- 2000: Douglas Fir from Pennsylvania
- 1999: Concolor Fir from Washington State
- 1998: Balsam Fir from Wisconsin
- 1997: Fraser Fir from North Carolina
- 1996: Colorado Blue Spruce from Ohio
- 1995: Fraser Fir from North Carolina
- 1994: Colorado Blue Spruce from Missouri
- 1993: Fraser Fir from North Carolina
- 2000: Gingerbread White House and its interior parlor rooms.
Hints of the past 7 themes are found throughout.
- 1999: Confectionery tribute to treasures in and around our
nation’s capital the White House, Jefferson Memorial,
Washington Monument and Mount Vernon.
- 1998: Gingerbread castle with towers and bridges surrounded
by a mountainous forest with its setting in the middle of the
State Dining Room table in tribute to the theme, Winter
- 1997: The gingerbread house was in the form of Santa’s
Victorian house and workshop complete with Santa and his sleigh
preparing to take flight in honor of the theme,
- 1996: The gingerbread house was in honor of the ballet,
The Nutcracker and was modeled after a Victorian-era house.
Outside, two nutcrackers stand guard. Inside the parlors, the party
scene from the ballet was recreated.
- 1995: The gingerbread house was a replica of the First
Lady’s girlhood home on Wisner Street in Park Ridge, Illinois.
- 1994: The gingerbread house was a replica of the President’s
boyhood home in Hope, Arkansas.
- 1993: A gingerbread White House was turned into the "House
of Socks" with Socks the cat appearing in various disguises.