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Explore History with a White House Christmas Ornament

As holiday traditions often involve families decorating the Christmas tree with meaningful trinkets both holiday-themed and otherwise, adding a new ornament for the tree is a welcome idea for when you're wondering what's a good Christmas gift. And, if you have a history lover on your holiday shopping list, then a White House Christmas ornament may be the perfect present. Since Jacqueline Kennedy started the program in 1961, Christmas tree ornaments have honored many presidents and encouraged education about the White House. You can find a variety of preowned White House Christmas ornaments on eBay .

Important historical events commemorated on vintage White House Christmas ornaments

There have been several ornaments produced to commemorate important events in history. Examples include the following:

  • 2006 Air Force One ornament: Showcasing the president's official aircraft, this star-shaped ornament shows the plane under the American presidential seal. The ornament also has an eagle that holds a "Pluribus Unum" ribbon in its beak. It holds an olive branch in one foot and arrows in the other.
  • 1989 Bicentennial of the Presidency ornament: This circular Christmas tree ornament contains a replica of the official seal of the president in its middle. Below the seal on this 24-karat gold-plated ornament is a ribbon reading "1789 The White House 1989." The upper outside circle reads, "Celebration of the Bicentennial of the American Presidency."
  • 1992 Bicentennial of White House Cornerstone ornament: The front of this ornament depicts the text from the dedication of the White House cornerstone in 1792 as it appeared in newspapers at that time. The reverse of this ornament shows a picture of the north side of the White House as painted by August Koliner in 1848.
What presidents have appeared on White House Christmas tree ornaments?

The 2019 official White House Christmas tree ornament honors Dwight Eisenhower. He is the 34th president to have received an ornament paying tribute to him. Others include:

  • 2001 Andrew Jackson ornament: This ornament shows President Andrew Jackson and his family in a carriage on Inauguration Day.
  • 2006 Chester A. Arthur ornament: This ornament displays the White House as new Tiffany furniture was being moved into it as ordered by President Arthur.
  • 2007 Grover Cleveland ornament: This ornament depicts Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine engraving of President Cleveland getting married.
What materials are used to make White House Christmas ornaments?

The first two Christmas tree ornaments were made of copper with a patina finish. All White House Christmas tree ornaments since that time have been gold-plated brass. You can also find gold-plated replacements of the first two when you shop on eBay. This will allow you to build a matching set.