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#ChristmasShopping #CoolGifts Explore some of the 43,000 gifts given to the President and First Lady by American citizens and foreign Heads of State: goo.gl/G8p2bJ.

Then, experience the excitement of a White House holiday with a visit to our ALL-NEW Museum Exhibit, A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House.

Enjoy classic holiday music, take a family photo in front of...
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President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush took part in the #AngelTree Family Christmas at Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia in 2003. Began in 1982 by Prison Fellowship, the program helps provide Christmas gifts to children who have an incarcerated parent.

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Happy 100th Birthday to Kirk Douglas!

President George W. Bush presented the National Medal of Arts to Mr. Douglas in 2001 for creative excellence as a stage and screen actor, director, producer and writer, and for his generous support of humanitarian efforts.

After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and 6 sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers...
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Godspeed American Hero, Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr.

Original 1962 photo caption: Cape Canaveral, FLA. - Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. gives ready sign during Mercury-Atlas 6 pre-launch activities.
Which is your favorite #Reindeer?

The story of #Rudolph, Santa’s 9th reindeer with his #glowing nose, was created by Montgomery Ward employee Robert L. May in 1939 as part of a holiday promotion for the store. May’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, adapted the story into a song, and singer #GeneAutry turned “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” into a hit in 1949. Marks would go on to write many...
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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...In 2001, Mrs. Laura Bush walked through the snow in the Rose Garden with Barney and Spot.

Make the excitement of a White House holiday a memorable part of your family’s traditions with a visit to our ALL-NEW museum exhibit, A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House.

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Let It #Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Barney and Miss Beazley enjoyed the snow-covered ’07 White House Rose Garden. More great #WaggingWednesday photos: goo.gl/FjnVRf

Don’t miss “A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House” open now through Jan 8: goo.gl/uUc2p
#PearlHarbor75 #WWIIstories

In '03, President George W. Bush laid a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The memorial marks the resting place of 1,177 crewmen who died during the Dec 7, 1941 attack. Their names are carved into the marble wall visited by President and Mrs. Laura Bush.

Read firsthand accounts of the attack from U.S. Navy ship logbooks, preserved for...
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#Countdown to #Christmas!

While riding his horse in 1946 in what is now called the Hollywood Christmas Parade, actor and musician #GeneAutry was just in front of #SantaClaus when he heard children exclaiming, “Here Comes Santa Claus!” At that time, the parade was called the Santa Claus Lane Parade, which provided further inspiration for the lyrics. Autry released the song in 1947, and it has...
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#CarePackages for #Troops President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush visited Operation USO CarePackage at Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 2004. "This is one way of saying America appreciates your service to freedom and peace and our security," said the President in his remarks.

To send letters, cards, or emails to troops overseas: goo.gl/ZSlLwS
#FlatLucy #FLOTUS #RutherfordBHayes

First Lady Lucy Hayes, touring the country from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, thoroughly enjoyed her visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum today. We believe her favorite parts were the Blue Room Christmas Tree and the red lace Arnold Scaasi dress with bright pink silk underlay that Mrs. Laura Bush wore for a...
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Happy Birthday to President Martin Van Buren, born in 1782 in Kinderhook, New York.

The son of a tavernkeeper and farmer, Van Buren was the 8th President of the U.S. (1837-1841), after serving as the 8th Vice President and the 10th Secretary of State, both under President Andrew Jackson. While the country was prosperous when the "Little Magician" was elected, less than 3 months later the...
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#SoundShower ALL-NEW Holiday Exhibit at GWBLibrary showers you with the sounds of traditional Christmas carols. Immerse yourself in favorites like “White Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “Jingle Bells.”

Don’t miss “A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House” open now through Jan 8: goo.gl/uUc2p
The traditional White House crèche with 47 baroque figures was made in Naples, Italy in the 18th century. It has been displayed every Christmas in the East Room since 1967, when it was given to the White House by Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Jr., of Far Hills, New Jersey. In 1978, Mrs. Engelhard donated 10 additional figures and funds for a new tableau, which was first displayed in 1999.

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Wow! How many #ChristmasTrees?

51 volunteers decorated the '04 White House with 41 Christmas trees, 660 feet of garland, 245 wreaths, 221 bows, and 155,500 lights. More than 44,000 guests toured and 6,500 guests attended receptions at the White House during the Holidays.

The tradition of a placing a decorated tree in the White House began in 1889 on Christmas morning during the Presidency...
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What do you want for #Christmas?

When Don Gardner’s wife had a baby in 1944 and took a break from teaching, he took over her 2nd grade class. For the holiday concert, he was asked to write a song for the class to sing. As he was talking to the children about what they wanted for Christmas, he noticed most of them were missing their front teeth. This inspired the song, and it was a great hit...
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#TreeLighting President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush assisted Girl Scout Brownies from Chantilly, Virginia to light the ‘04 National Christmas tree, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce.

Don’t miss “A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House” open now through Jan 8: goo.gl/uUc2p
#FLOTUS_Friday In 2001, #LauraBush became the first First Lady to give a President’s Radio Address in its entirety. While other First Ladies had participated in radio addresses, Mrs. Bush took over the speech and used her time to speak directly to the public about the Taliban’s oppression of women and children.

“We may come from different backgrounds and faiths – but parents the world over...
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Yum! When First Lady Lou Hoover established the custom of placing a Christmas tree on the White House State Floor in 1929, she decorated it with #gingerbread men and gingerbread horses. In 1965, Lady Bird Johnson adorned the official Blue Room Christmas tree with gingerbread cookies. Then in 1969, Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert added a gingerbread house to the Nixon family’s holiday...
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Enjoy a Very #Merry #Presidential #Christmas…visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum can enjoy a special Christmas exhibit that transports them back to the White House in 2004: goo.gl/ppdvCc

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