Christmas with the First Ladies

The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama

Written By: Coleen Christian Burke
No home in America celebrates Christmas quite like the White House. Whether adorned with hand-made ornaments or thoughtful crafts, the White House has warmly welcomed celebrities, dignitaries, and hardworking Americans and epitomized the Christmas spirit. And behind each holiday celebration is a First Lady who lends her own style and grace to the festivities.

Christmas With the First Ladies is a look at the holiday magic that happens at the White House, capturing the Christmas decorating history and techniques from Jackie Kennedy through Michelle Obama. Each first lady’s design aesthetic is profiled, such as Lady Bird Johnson’s themes of home and family to help heal the nation after John F. Kennedy’s death; Nancy Reagan’s interest in renewing a child-like sense of wonder; and Laura Bush’s “Red, White, and Blue “ Christmas for a nation banding together.

With anecdotes and intimate photos of the presidential families during the holiday season, as well as personal craft and recipes used by the first ladies, Christmas With the First Ladies is the perfect centerpiece for holiday gatherings!
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 10/25/2011
ISBN: 9781608870462
Pages: 160
Trim Size: 8.5 x 9.5

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Coleen Christian Burke, Author: Coleen Christian Burke is an esteemed interior decorator who was part of the White House decorating team in 2008, where she created icicle trees in the Grand Lobby and festive Fife and Drum motifs in the State Dining Room. She is the founder of Sugar Plums, a premier design and décor business in New Jersey. She is a former television producer for media outlets such as CBS, CNBC, and Access Hollywood, as well as an on-air entertainment reporter for Extra!, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Deborah Norville is the host of Inside Edition, and the former host of the Today show and has served as the anchor for NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News. She has authored five books, including The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success.