Holidays at the Bush Center - All Creatures Great and Small : Christmas at the White House 2002

All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002

November 22, 2014 through January 13, 2015
at the George W. Bush Presidential Center


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In 2002, Mrs. Laura Bush selected All Creatures Great and Small as the theme to celebrate the joy and comfort pets have brought presidents and their families during their time in the White House.

Bush Presidential Library and Museum archivists and curators are re-creating the 2002 White House holiday displays, incorporating White House decorations, behind-the-scenes photos and video, and other material.

Presidential Pets

To celebrate the All Creatures Great and Small theme of 2002, White House staffers crafted 25 paper-mache sculptures of America’s Presidential pets. The animals – which included raccoons, sheep, and even an alligator – decorated mantles and tables throughout the White House.

The exhibition also features the first installation of "Barney Cam," the dogs-eye view holiday video that would become an annual tradition and a beloved part of President and Mrs. Bush’s years in Washington, D.C.

White House Christmas Tree

The stately 2002 White House Christmas tree, re-created for Museum visitors, features native bird ornaments that were handcrafted by artists and artisans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Holiday Performances and Lectures

Saturday, December 20, 2014: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Trinity River Audubon Center presents
11 a.m.
Who Gives a Hoot? A Look At The Wild World of Owls
2 p.m.
The Real Birds of Dallas: Attracting Backyard Birds

Saturday, January 3: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Docent Talks
Christmas 2002: All Creatures Great and Small - White House Holiday Traditions

Saturday, January 10: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Docent Talks
Christmas 2002: All Creatures Great and Small - White House Holiday Traditions

Exhibition generously sponsored by

AllieBeth Allman Highland Capital Management