Christmas with the First Ladies: the White House Decorating Tradition, with author Coleen Christian Burke
Toms River Branch
Monday, Dec. 12, 7 pm
Registration required. Call 732-349-6200 or register online..
No home in America celebrates Christmas quite like the White House. Whether adorned with hand-made ornaments or thoughtful crafts, the White House has warmly welcomed celebrities, dignitaries, and hardworking Americans and epitomized the Christmas spirit. And behind each holiday celebration is a First Lady who lends her own style and grace to the festivities.
Coleen Christian Burke, author of Christmas with the First Ladies, will join us for alook at the holiday magic that happens at the White House.
Christmas with the First Ladiescaptures the Christmas decorating history and techniques from Jackie Kennedy through Michelle Obama. Each first lady’s design aesthetic is profiled, such as Lady Bird Johnson’s themes of home and family to help heal the nation after John F. Kennedy’s death; Nancy Reagan’s interest in renewing a child-like sense of wonder; and Laura Bush’s “Red, White, and Blue “ Christmas for a nation banding together.
The book also features anecdotes and intimate photos of the presidential families during the holiday season, as well as personal crafts and recipes used by the first ladies.