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Holiday traditions at the White House through the years

White House Christmas
Every December, immediately following Thanksgiving, the White House transforms for the holidays. This incredible display of lights, decorations, desserts, gifts, and more involves thousands of White House employees working around the clock to get everything ready.

Over the years, several holiday traditions at the White House have continued to develop like the delivery of the White House Christmas Tree and the lighting of the White House Christmas tree.

Possibly the most unusual tradition is for the sugar-lover. Every year, the White House pastry chef creates a replica White House from scratch using fondant and other sugary treats. This year, the gingerbread White House even featured a sugar replica of Bo, the White House dog.

We take a look back at the White House Christmas over the years. From Hoover to the Obama administration, many of the traditions we saw then continue today.



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dagostep2 December 14 2013 at 8:54 PM

has any President ever had a Nativity sceen under there tree? or would that offend

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Avice December 15 2013 at 1:47 AM

their

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zorro205 December 14 2013 at 8:53 PM

MrsJazz I think your comment is just plaine stupid

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dagostep2 December 14 2013 at 8:45 PM

What happened to the sequester cuts that shut down White House tours

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sporty1972 December 14 2013 at 8:25 PM

thats not cool

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sporty1972 December 14 2013 at 8:25 PM

really?

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mad92die December 14 2013 at 8:13 PM

Oy!

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ebrock02 December 14 2013 at 7:57 PM

what was the purpose of the Lewinsky pix. so inappropriate

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sporty1972 December 14 2013 at 8:24 PM

yep

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FreedomRat December 14 2013 at 8:37 PM

Bill tried to start a tradition called The Presidential Christmas BJ.

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w6skj December 14 2013 at 7:43 PM

buon natale e felice buon anno

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MrsJaz December 14 2013 at 7:30 PM

Still find it funny that the Obama's dog (Bo) is named with the initials of the president...what a ego that man has.

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krgallant December 14 2013 at 7:36 PM

You're an idiot

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Josie0077 December 14 2013 at 7:53 PM

no he isn't...

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Fred December 14 2013 at 9:19 PM

??? You are strange.

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davandsher December 14 2013 at 7:20 PM

Once upon a time Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Christ. I don't know what Øbama celebrates.

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