Thursday, December 20, 2012

A White House Christmas Gallery: The George H. W. Bush Years

President and Mrs. Bush in front of the 1990 White House Christmas Tree, December 12, 1990.

The George H. W. Bush Holidays

A “ Storybook Christmas” showcased a tree featuring popular characters from children’s books, championing Mrs. Bush’s favorite cause of literacy with tiny books as ornaments, and accented with gold and red ribbon. In 1990, the theme was “Nutcracker”, as actual ballet slippers and porcelain dancers decorated the house. “Needlepoint Christmas” was the theme in 1991, with needlepoint creations featured on the tree. “Gift Givers” was the theme for 1992. The idea of gift givers had taken on many forms over the years in the form of Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Snow Maid to name a few, and Mrs. Bush chose to represent eighty-eight different kinds on her tree. (Photos courtesy of the George Bush Library and Museum)


Mrs. Bush admires the White House Christmas tree, December 7, 1992.

First Lady Barbara Bush tops the National Christmas Tree. November 27, 1989.

President George H.W. Bush reads a Christmas story to his grandchildren, December 1991.

President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush pose in front of the White House Christmas tree, December 8, 1992.

Mrs. Bush gives the press a preview of the White House Christmas tree and decorations, December 9, 1991.

Christmas decorations for the White House tree, December 14, 1989.

Mrs. Bush admired the 1989 Christmas Tree in the Grand Foyer of the White House. The theme is "story book," December 20,1989.

A Christmas ornament which depicts Oliver Twist from the 1989 Christmas Tree of Literary Characters at the White House, December 20, 1989.

A Christmas ornament which depicts Little Red Riding Hood from the 1989 Christmas Tree of Literary characters at the White House, December 20, 1989.

A Story Book Christmas at the White House, December 20, 1989.


1990 Christmas decorations from The Nutcracker, December 9, 1990.
























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