Holidays at the White House
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.
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.
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