Friday, August 22, 2008

One of my "things" that I get excited about....

As I have already shared with you ... I love Christmas. I can't deny it nor do I want to. It is always in the back of my mind and I am always trying to think of all the different aspects, entertaining, decorating, gifts, and just all the different ways to bring out all of the meaning of the holiday.

One of the things that I collect every year is the White House Christmas Ornament. I watch all of July and then when they FINALLY announce the availability I order it! Well, my new one for this year arrived a couple of weeks ago and I thought that I would share it with you!

Each one is centered on a specific President's Administration and contains a brief history of the family holiday and how they spent it. What they did that made Christmas in the White House personal.How they entertained and how they decorated. For such a pretty and collectable ornament, they really aren't that expensive. Plus, the proceeds go to the preservation and renovation of our White House. Now! It just doesn't get more patriotic than that!

This is a brief description from the White House Historical Association Website

“We shall have an old-fashioned Christmas Tree for the grandchildren upstairs, and I shall be their Santa Claus myself.” President Benjamin Harrison

The 2008 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), the twenty-third president of the United States. Serving one term from 1889 to 1893, Harrison was a centennial president inaugurated 100 years after George Washington. Inspired by the Harrison family’s Victorian Christmas tree, this 24 karat gold finished ornament interprets the first recorded tree to decorate the White House. The tree, laden with baubles and garland, is a canvas for all sorts of treats and toys. Beneath the tree are the presents the Harrison grandchildren received: a toy train and a wooden sled await Benjamin, Mary’s rosy-cheeked doll sits on a tricycle, and nearby is Marthena’s much wished for dollhouse. A three-foot-high Santa Claus completes the season’s spectacle.

I can't wait to do a post about my White House Christmas Tree! Let's see... how will I arrange that... photograph it... what will I say.... so much to think about...
Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming!


TR Hockamier said...

I can attest to the Christmas "thing" - LOL


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I looooooooooooove Christmas.
I get excited when I just hear the word!
That's a pretty ornament; thanks for sharing!

Suzanne said...

Liz, I also LOVE Christmas. So much in fact, the Good Lord Blessed me with my first child born on Christmas in !974. The ornament is beautiful. I was not aware of them. I must get the 2004 ornament. RB Hayes is my great,great, great grandfather. Can't wait to start ordering. Thank you for sharing. Love and Prays, Suzanne

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

What a pretty ornie! I didn't know they did that, how cool. I can't wait to see your White House tree either!

Did you happen to see my patriotic tree from my 4th of July post?