A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Last night Michelle Obama unveiled this year's White House Christmas decorations and the first family lit the National Christmas Tree. It's no Rockefeller Center, but it's something! In honor of the holiday season taking over the country's most prestigious domicile here's a look at how 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, has looked over the years.

A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

In 1936 the Christmas tree looked a little anemic, but, well, it was the Great Depression. It also walked to school in the snow uphill both ways.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

There is a reason Betty Ford and Santa have such big smiles on their faces in 1975.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Yup, that's where Betty Ford hid the egg nog in 1976.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Here is Hilary Clinton (in 1994) and Laura Bush (in 2002) making the universal "First Lady standing next to a Christmas tree" pose.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

2011 Hilary Rodham Clinton went back in time to 1995 and beat the Rodham out of Hilary Clinton for wearing this outfit.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

I actually went to the lighting of this Christmas tree in 1996. Memories.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

"Monica is so fat she could eat this whole village. Amirite?"

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

"Nope. Bill is Bigger."

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

In 2001, everything in the White House was fake.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

One of these statues will one day come to life. It is not the one in red.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

A blue Christmas tree in 2001, when the nation turned red. How dare they.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Why does 2003 look so old and silly already.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

In 2005, Laura Bush was confounded when the Christmas Tree arrived on this new fangled contraption called a carriage.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Abe Lincoln also makes a list, checks it twice, and then decides you all suck.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

By 2006 the Bush's had just given up on decorating entirely.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Laura Bush ensures there are no pretzels for her husband to choke on.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Really, lady, you only have one red suit?

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

He saw something, but he is really afraid to say something. Maybe he asked and the tree told.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Aww. Pretty.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

The Obama's first Christmas trees had the audacity of cones.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Bo Obama, the family dog, is just cute enough to eat.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Malia is just not that into Christmas. I bet it's cause Sasha steals her presents.

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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

Do not fuck with Bo. Or this year's Christmas tree (which looks really nice).
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A Visual History of White House Christmas Decorations

This year's Christmas motto is "Shine. Give. Share." I love one of those words.

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