Will the White House try to put more “Christ” in Christmas this year?
It’s hard to determine at this point, with mixed signals coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
First lady Laura Bush stands next to the Blue Room Christmas tree yesterday
In the ongoing national debate over the this month’s federal holiday, first lady Laura Bush went on the record yesterday calling the giant evergreen inside the White House a “Christmas tree.”
“The Christmas tree is always the centerpiece, the big huge Christmas tree that’s in the Blue Room, traditionally,” Mrs. Bush stated as she gave the press what’s called the “White House Holiday Press Preview.”
“The ornaments on the tree are all crystal – clear crystal ornaments. And I think it’s one of the most beautiful Christmas trees I’ve ever seen with the real lilies on it. Isn’t it beautiful?”
The first lady was asked by a member of the media, “Mrs. Bush – on holiday tree versus Christmas tree? You have no problem calling this a Christmas tree?”
“Well, no, not really,” Mrs. Bush responded. “At this season, we know that Americans celebrate the season in a lot of different ways. We’ll have a Hanukkah party, Hanukkah reception here at the White House later during the month. But I think we’ve always called this the White House Christmas tree. And I think it’s particularly beautiful this year with the lilies on it.”
First lady Laura Bush discusses the White House gingerbread house
During a presidential debate in 2000, then-Gov. George W. Bush noted his favorite “philosopher” was Jesus.
When a reporter noted that this year’s decorations seem to be simpler, Mrs. Bush stated, “That’s right. They are. Every year, as you know, we’ve had different themes, and we’ve had different vignettes. One year we had ‘All Creatures Great and Small,’ when we had all the different pets that had lived in the White House. This year, with the theme ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful,’ we used natural, real flowers and fruits and garlands to show what – how beautiful nature is, and how many things we can use from our own gardens or woods during Christmas decorations. And I think – every year I think it’s the prettiest year, but this year I really do think it’s the prettiest year. And I think it shows how elegant the White House is.”
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