Thank You & Christmas Time Facts You May Not Know
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In the spirit of the Christmas season, here are some fun and interesting White House facts that you may or may not have heard of before.
- In 1894, electric lights were used on the White House Christmas Tree of President Grover Cleveland's Christmas for the first time. President Cleveland is the only President to serve non-consecutive terms. This makes him the 22nd and 24th President of The United States. This is a second bonus fun fact right here. President Cleveland served from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897.
- In 1912, President William Howard Taft's children first placed a Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House. Taft was the 27th President of The United States, serving from 1903 to 1913. Here’s another bonus fun fact; Taft was appointed to be the 10th Chief Justice of The United States Supreme Court. I have visited his grave site; there is no mention of him having being Presudent. He left it out by design. He considered being Chief Justice to be the highest honor of his lifetime; despite the fact that he actually was elected and served as Presudent of The United States.
- White House Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert started the tradition of building a gingerbread house in 1969 for The Nixon's first Christmas. This tradition continues today. President Richard Nixon was the 37th President of The United States, who served from January, 1969 until he resigned from office on August 8, 1974.
- North Carolina has been the state of origin for the most Blue Room Christmas Trees since 1961 with 14 trees. Pennsylvania comes in second with 11.
- First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree 60 years ago. President John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of The United States from January, 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963.
We wish you and yours a safe, happy, healthy Merry Christmas.
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