40 years of the official White House Christmas ornament

In the 40-year history of the official White House Christmas ornament, produced annually by the White House Historical Association (WHHA), this year's design is among the most conventionally festive. Depicting a Christmas tree displayed in the residence's Blue Room in 1967, the new ornament features a reproduction of a painting originally commissioned by former President Lyndon B. Johnson's wife, Lady Bird Johnson.
Made by Robert H. Laessig, a designer for the card company American Greetings, the painting was featured on the White House Christmas card sent to staffers, family and friends that year. But previous years' ornaments have included a fire truck, a steam train and even a helicopter. That's because the decorations are not only meant to brighten people's homes, they are intended to shine a light on lesser-known stories from America's political past.
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