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Welcome back -- last night President Obama and the first Stanley officially marking the beginning of the Christmas season in Washington with the lighting of the there it is the national Christmas tree on the -- just south -- the White House.
And just the other day Michelle Obama gave us a glimpse of this year is White House decorations as well.
The tradition of the First Lady decorating the White House goes back many years -- right now.
Is somebody who would know about that.
Colleen Christian -- Was part of the White House decorating team in 2008 for Laura Bush and is the author of the brand new book Christmas with the first ladies and she joins us live weren't -- Hi it's definitely a Christmas back right after that it is -- You know there's this whole thing going on right now up in Rhode Island about the governor won't call it a Christmas tree it's a holiday tree.
At the White House.
Have they ever refer to it.
As a holiday tree.
And so that rumor floating around it might be called a holiday tree this year but.
To this date it's always been a Christmas tree all right very good and over your shoulders a picture of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in front of the White House Christmas tree in -- in that big room in the middle.
We saw a minute ago a picture of Nancy Reagan on the lap of Mr.
T what was that about.
We now -- a little Hollywood to the White House -- I really loud and she had celebrity Santa's every year so she had Mr.
And I guess he pity the fool who went into the White House heard Christmas break -- and -- story about the president.
He was allergic to why Christmas trees right and they didn't realize this until they put the mile laps so what they had to do is move most of them.
The really offensive trees away from where he was -- -- in -- right.
When I was so working on Washington every year they'd send me out to the lighting the Christmas -- that we saw last night and for years Barbara Bush would get in a cherry -- and what for twelve years she would put these -- topic right first time she -- second lady -- the -- -- her husband was vice president and then when he was precedence so that's a record twelve years in a row and -- took her grandchildren on that bumpy -- I remember seeing it and there it is right there she puts the -- -- -- Are -- talk a little bit about Hillary Rodham Clinton what sort of the traditions it did she bring to the way.
-- -- what she tried to do every year what have one street from the year before so she tried to incorporate every year what she did previously.
And then tradition -- they never decorated their own tree until Christmas Eve and supposedly they did it themselves that right.
Now when I George W.
Bush was present -- United States he we became the first president ever light a menorah in the White House.
It's not White House in the private residents' -- less significant because.
The White House still White House and -- -- -- his -- -- it living quarters and that was really kind of important to people and their theme was home for the holidays because at the time the two girls were in college yeah and they'd take theme over the summer so prior to 9/11 when everything got put into perspective for us the importance of home but other first being home for the holidays and so we know that the current First Lady.
Welcome the White House Christmas tree to the White House a couple of weeks ago -- with in the last ten days or is -- what's -- thing.
-- -- -- -- And that sign of give and share -- we're supposed to do they share three words and -- -- all they're going to be 27 Christmas trees like trees in the White House.
-- count them out that number I got -- -- -- -- but that's many -- and the thing mrs.
Obama's doing is really remembering our military families she's got medals on the tree this year that's very very nice and they're always decorated by volunteers and they do a fantastic consumer -- it is a beautiful Christmas book and it tells a lot about the history of the White House.
-- Christian -- we thank you very much once again the book is Christmas at the White House.
Thank -- touch -- to see -- Merry Christmas Merry Christmas.
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