Each year since 1981 the White House Historical Association has produced and sold the official White House Christmas Ornaments. The ornament program was created to help raise funds for the association and its work for preservation and education of White House History. The 1981 ornament was a simple brass ornament modeled after weather vanes from the colonial period. President and Mrs. Reagan began the tradition of hanging the ornament on the tree in the Blue Room at the White House. The ornaments initially were simple designs made of brass. Over the years the ornaments grew more elaborate, adding color and more intricate patterns and details. All come in an official WHHA box and include a small booklet with the history connected to the theme of that year’s ornament. The ornaments have become must-have items for many collectors.
The 2011 ornament celebrates the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Christmas was a very important holiday for the Roosevelt family. The President and First Lady insisted the day be focused on family and official business was put aside for the day. The family celebrations included family meals for breakfast and dinner with great sweets and even ice cream for the children. The family always included a carriage or sleigh ride as part of their Christmas day activities. The children found stockings full of treats and larger gifts waiting for them when they awoke. What was different for the Roosevelt family was the lack of a Christmas tree. The President did not have any tress in the WHite House due to his strong conservationist beliefs. The children enjoyed the tree at a nearby aunt’s home most years. His son Archie did rebel a little and put up his own secret tree in his closet one year. Read more about the Roosevelts at the 2011 Ornament Page. The White House ornaments could make the perfect annual gift for someone on your list. You can still purchase a 2011 ornament for your very own for $17.95. If you want to catch-up, all 31 ornaments are available as a set for just $359.95.