How to Get Official Annual White House Christmas Ornaments

2013 White House Christmas ornament
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White House Christmas ornament collections are hand-decorated holiday ornaments that make great Christmas displays for your home or gifts for family and friends, and for individuals serving in the Armed Forces. Elegant ornaments feature the White House, Capitol Hill, Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, and other designs with significance to American History and Washington, DC.

Each year a new White House Christmas ornament is designed based on a historical theme. You can order designs from previous years as well to complete your collection. All ornaments are Made in America from solid brass with a 24 kt. gold finish. The proceeds from the sale of these ornaments help support the White House Historical Association’s mission of education, preservation, and restoration of the White House. Of the previous White House ornaments, 25 honored presidents starting with George Washington.

About the 2015 Ornament Design

The 2015 White House Christmas ornament honors President Calvin Coolidge. As the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929) he marked his first Christmas in office by starting a new American tradition of the Community Christmas Tree, now known as the National Christmas Tree. The ornament design is a tree and features 14 illustrations that highlight stories from Coolidge’s life and presidency. Topped by a star in the same style as the 1923 tree, the ornament includes a working light that illuminates the Coolidge White House and tree design from within. This is the first time technology has been featured in an official White House ornament design.

Purchasing Tip

Please note that third-party sellers of the ornaments buy them at discounted rates and sometimes sell them at inflated prices. Single ornaments should cost $19.00 or less and are available online at the White House Historical Association website or at various gift shops in Washington, DC.

Personalized Greeting Cards

The White House Historical Association has partnered with Design Master Associates to offer a personalized greeting card (as shown above) to complement the White House ornament. This partner sells the ornament for the same price as the official organization, plus the small fee for the personalized greeting cards.

White House Ornaments Adorn the Willard Lobby Tree

During the holiday season, The Willard Hotel offers visitors to the nation’s capital an up-close view of the entire White House Christmas ornaments collection displayed on the hotel’s lobby tree. The ornaments chronologically honor a different president or special White House event each year. The Willard has beautiful holiday decor and this is a fun place to visit and see all of the ornaments in one place.

Looking for more Washington themed gift ideas? See our guide to Washington DC Gifts and Souvenirs.

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