Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love decorating our home with fresh greenery and ornaments that we’ve collected over the years. I enjoy watching my daughter’s facial expressions as she vividly explains to me why she needs to have another play kitchen from Santa but most importantly, I love how people come together and how the spirit of giving can be felt wherever you go. Its a time to reflect on the things for which we are fortunate to have.
I don’t have a bucket list but if I did, touring the White House during the Christmas season would be on the list. I’ve always been in awe of the decorations, the pomp and circumstance surrounding the lighting of the White House Christmas tree and the women who put it all together. Have you ever wondered what Christmas was like at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave during the Kennedy days? Wonder no more with Christmas With The First Ladies.
Christmas With The First Ladies
Written by Coleen Christian Burke with a foreward by Deborah Norville, this book gives us a behind the scenes look at the decisions in planning the Christmas festivities in the White House. Starting with Jackie Kennedy and ending with Michelle Obama, each chapters tells us about the history, the decorations and even provide a recipe or two from the First Ladies themselves.
The stories you read in this book are the ones that will make you remember that even though they were put into the spotlight, they were wives and mothers first. The themes and traditions that they started had special meaning. Most details were well-thought out and planned, while others which seemed good in theory, didn’t come across as well. One of my favorite parts of the book was learning that mentally disability citizens of all ages hand-crafted fifteen hundred ornaments in Rosalynn Carter’s “Classic American Christmas with Handmade Crafts” in 1977. I also felt a bit of emotion to learn in 1979 the White House Christmas tree was dark, except for a lone large star on top, as a reminder of the 50 hostages taken by Iranian militants.
Crafting and Cooking Like The First Ladies
If you want to entertain like the First Ladies, there are several craft and cooking tutorials to choose from. From Betty Ford’s cranberry tree to Hillary Clinton’s chocolate chip cookies, there is something for everyone. Make sure to check back in a few days as I’ll have a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the cranberry tree picture above so you can decorate First Ladies style in your home.
You can pick up your own copy of Christmas with the First Ladies at Insight Editions website. And as a special treat, you can receive 50% off this book just by using the code NGLADIES. Enter the code when checking out on the Insight Editions website and you’ll receive your discount. Make sure to order right away because this discount code expires December 10, 2012.
Starting December 10th, the Noise Girls will be hosting a Christmas with the First Ladies Pinterest Contest in celebration of this wonderful book. Be sure to check back for more information and a chance to win one of 5 copies.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Insight Editions. Regardless, opinions are 100% mine and yours may differ.