Holiday Cards in Presidential Style
It would be hard not to notice that we are in the midst of a big election year. The
campaigning is in full swing and the debates are already underway. I realize that the
process is an important one and I really do try to remain engaged and enthused. But, the
negativity of election years tends to wear me down; it always has, so I won’t mind too much
when November is behind us. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to escape the
political drama and find some fun Presidential facts to focus on for just a few minutes.
I have always had a fascination with the White House. The beauty and history, along
with a bit of mystery are intriguing to me. While I was working on my blog of the History of
the Christmas Card, I found some Presidential Christmas cards from the past that I thought
would be fun to share in a blog.
Throughout the years, the Blue Room has been a popular theme for the official White
House Christmas Card. After all, the White House Official "indoor" Christmas tree is placed
in this room every year. In the 1967, President Johnson sent out the Christmas card shown
in the upper left corner. In 1985 Ronald and Nancy Reagan mailed out the Christmas card
shown in the bottom left. Bill and Hillary Clinton sent out the Christmas card shown on the
right in 1995. I love looking at this room throughout the eras and administrations. You can
see that changes have taken place, but much of the detail throughout the room remains the
President and Mrs. Barbara Bush sent out this card in 1992 (upper left). This patriotic
Christmas card highlighting the National Christmas Tree was designed by Kamil Kubik and
produced by Hallmark Cards. In 1961 the Kennedy Administration sent out this Season’s
Greetings card (bottom left). These too were produced by Hallmark, 800 in total. The
inscription inside read "The President and Mrs. Kennedy wish you a Blessed Christmas and
a Happy New Year." Right: In 2008 President and Mrs. Laura Bush had an oil painting by T.
Allen Lawson reproduced by Hallmark for their official White House Christmas Card.
Finally, we'll look at the most recent White House Christmas Card. The Obama Family
sent out this card in 2011. An interesting fact about Presidential Holiday cards is that
traditionally the residents of the White House are not part of the design. Although, Bill and
Hillary Clinton did use their portrait in the 1993 card and Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared
in several of his cards. That being said, the Obama’s included their beloved Bo in this
image. In 2005, President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush included India, Barney
and Miss Beazley in their official Christmas card.
I’ll blog on this topic again as soon as the 2012 White Card is announced. We wish
everyone a wonderful start to the holiday season.
Michaela has been with Invitations4Less.com since 2003, showing off her customer service skills to a variety of stationery consumers.
Michaela is mom to two active pre-teens and spends her free time bike riding, boating, hiking and enjoying family time.