For 2021, we are excited to announce that White House Holidays has chosen the State Dining Room as the sixth in a series of the White House Holidays Annual Christmas Ornaments!
The State Dining Room is the larger of two dining rooms on the State Floor of the White House. The 48' x 36' room can seat as many as 140 guests. Originally the State Dining Room was much smaller and served many purposes. Thomas Jefferson used it as his office and cabinet room. James Madison envisioned the room to be a dining room and furnished it with a table that could seat 40 people.
Over the next five decades, many changes were made to the State Dining Room. In 1882, Chester Arthur hired designer Louis Tiffany to redecorate the room.
During the extensive renovation of the White House in 1902 by Theodore Roosevelt, the State Dining Room was enlarged and furnished with animal heads of bison, sheep, caribou and bear, that were mounted above the oak panels.
George P. A. Healy's 1869 oil-on-canvas painting depicting a seated, contemplative Abraham Lincoln was donated to the White House in 1939 and hung above the mantel in the State Dining Room. In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered John Adams' famous blessing carved on the mantel of the State Dining Room.
Because of the attraction of the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in this significant State Room, presidents Nixon, Reagan and Clinton showcased aspects of the State Dining Room on their official Christmas cards or gifts. Presidential Christmas cards and gifts are documented in the book, "Season's Greetings from the White House" by Mary Evans Seeley.
Collect all six of the White House Holidays Annual Ornaments that began in 2016 and are available on this website listed under Annual Ornaments.
Quick Note About the Design
This ornament is even more beautiful in your hands and on your tree than it is in the pictures. The 3-D Christmas tree is physically mounted above the rest of the ornament, casting real shadows. The red banner at the bottom of the ornament is surfaced above the beautiful gold frame. Incredible attention was paid to details in the design.
- Finish: 24 karat gold
- Size: 3 1/4" x 2 3/4 x 1/4"
- Included: Ornament, history card
- Package: Beautiful, custom white and gold box
- Origin: Made in America
- Exclusivity: These ornaments are designed and made exclusively by White House Holidays, and should not be confused with other official ornaments by the White House Historical Association.
About The White House Holidays Annual Series
This ornament is a continuation of a series of White House Holidays annual ornaments that complement "Season's Greetings from the White House," now in its eighth edition. The book documents nearly a century of Christmases at the White House - from Calvin Coolidge to Donald J. Trump.
Find Out More
Read all about this collectible ornament with the history card that accompanies the ornament in its beautiful white and gold box. A description of the Christmas cards that inspired the ornament can be found in the book, "Season's Greetings from the White House" by Mary Evans Seeley.