"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

Two days before Christmas as I was looking for pictures of Christmas trees, found this website that details the White House Christmas Trees, and gives the background on the trees in the White House.  Enjoyed seeing the first picture of the lighting of the outdoor tree for the first time by Calvin Coolidge which has turned into a tradition with every President.

These are only a few of the pictures that are available for the White House Christmas tree but are my favorites because of the beautiful trees and the first pictures of the White House Christmas Tree.  We found it funny that Teddy Roosevelt didn't want to continue tradition because he didn't want to cut down a tree but his two sons managed to get a tree in the White House and hid it in the closet.

This will be the last official post from Norman as I finish up last minute details.  Christmas Day will be spent at my son's less than a mile away to see my grandson open presents.  Early morning on the 26th we head to Denver to celebrate a second Christmas with my two granddaughters.  Will be great to see both of my daughters for Christmas.  Then it is off to the Insight Bowl to see the Oklahoma Sooners play the Iowa Hawkeyes, relax for a few days and back to Norman the first week in January right after the Iowa Caucus.

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year in 2012!  Enjoy the pictures from the various Presidents with the White House Christmas Tree!


First White House Christmas Tree
Photo -- Grover Cleveland

On Christmas Eve in 1923, Calvin and 
Grace Coolidge lit the tree, a 48-foot balsam from 
Vermont, during a 5 p.m. ceremony.

President and Mrs. Kennedy

President and Mrs. Reagan

President and Mrs. Clinton

President and Mrs. Bush

This year's Christmas Tree contains
cards from children of the military

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