Dreaming of a White House Christmas!
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on November 28, 2018, at 1:45 p.m. ET
President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy by the Christmas tree in the main entrance hall of the White House during a party for the staff of the Executive Mansion on Dec. 12, 1962.
President Barack Obama joins the festivities onstage to end the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 4, 2014.
President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan hang ornaments that were made for them by two Korean children, whom they brought back from their country on Air Force One for heart surgery, on Dec. 24, 1983.
Trees made from red berries line the East Colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House on Nov. 26.
First lady Nancy Reagan sits with children of the Washington diplomatic corps during a Christmas party at the White House on Dec 15, 1986.
First lady Hillary Clinton next to a gingerbread house in the State Dining Room on Dec. 3, 1997.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds two of his grandchildren on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1939, in the East Room of the White House.
President Truman makes a plea for peace during the lighting of the Christmas tree on the south grounds of the White House on Dec. 24, 1946.
President George W. Bush reads a Christmas story to children on Dec. 17, 2002, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
This frame grab was first published on the White House website on Dec. 12, 2002, and featured the first film from Barney Bush, President George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier. A web camera was strapped around Barney’s neck as he wandered around the White House viewing the Christmas decorations.
Socks the Cat, the pet of President Bill Clinton, inspects his monogrammed stocking in 1993.
A topiary in the shape of Bo, President Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dog, is crafted from 6,850 feet of trash bags in the library of the White House on Nov. 30, 2011.
President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, along with their dog Yuki, pose beside the family Christmas tree in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House on Dec. 24, 1967.
First lady Barbara Bush shows off the White House Christmas decorations on Dec. 8, 1992.
This piñata holiday ornament is hung over a mirror in the front hall of President Johnson’s White House on Dec. 15, 1964.
President Johnson’s helicopter lifts off from the White House as he departs for New York on Dec. 17, 1963.
First lady Betty Ford poses in front of the White House Christmas tree on Dec. 9, 1976.
President Carter and his wife take to the dance floor at the White House as they host a Christmas ball for members of Congress and their spouses on Dec. 12, 1978.
The president and Mrs. Clinton read a book to children at the White House on Dec. 22, 1998.
President George H.W. Bush reads a Christmas story to his grandchildren on Dec. 24, 1991.
A copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, belonging to former president Franklin D. Roosevelt, is on display in the library of the White House on Nov. 27, 2017.
Ornaments honoring fallen members of the US military hang on a tree dedicated to Gold Star families on Nov. 30, 2011.
Malia Obama greets a group of children dressed as elves on Dec. 14, 2014. The children were former patients of Children’s National Medical Center.
The White House under heavy snowfall, Dec. 19, 2009.
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through the press briefing room at the White House on Dec. 1, 2010.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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