My Dad actually is the inspiration for this unique Christmas gift idea. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and through some of his retired military friends, he discovered that the White House Historical Association issues an annual limited edition Christmas ornament.
Each year the theme is different and revolves around a specific piece
of White House history. Inside each box with the ornament is the story
of the historical event depicted on the ornament. Not only are these
some of the most beautiful ornaments made, but they also provide a small
but insightful peek into our country’s history.
Per the White House Historical Society: "The centerpiece of the 2013 ornament is an American Elm tree planted by
President Wilson on the North Lawn of the White House on December 18,
1913, just before Christmas. This snowy scene is surrounded by a
24-karat gold-finished frame comprised of elm leaves on the innermost
circle, a wreath of olive branches in the middle, and holly leaves
bordering Wilson’s monogram on the outermost circle. Two peace doves
perch upon the olive branches, bearing banners that announce “The White
House, Christmas 2013.” The words inscribed on the reverse side of the
ornament were delivered by President Wilson in his War Message to
Congress of April 2, 1917: “Peace must be planted upon the tested
foundations of political liberty.”
Over the years, my parents have now gifted these to each of our grown children who are building their own collection. Now with grandchildren of our own, this tradition will keep on growing. Since they are so reasonably priced they make wonderful Christmas gifts for teachers (especially history teachers!), Scout leaders, friends and as hostess gifts for your holiday party rounds.
These ornaments are truly just one of our family's special Christmas gift ideas and I owe this idea all to my DAD!Order your 2013 Official White House Christmas Ornament and start this tradition in your own family.
Here's another unique Christmas gift for a newly engaged couple! What a special way to recall the year of their engagement each year while trimming their Christmas tree! There are more creative holiday ideas and special family Christmas traditions from our own archives here too!