Nixon Family Holiday Traditions at the White House 1969-1974

November 20, 2014 to January 8, 2015

This exhibition follows the Nixon Family's festive spirit during the holidays from 1969 to 1973. During President Nixon's administration, First Lady Pat Nixon supervised and led the holiday decorating at the White House with enthusiasm, incorporating into the schedule the Pageant of Peace and lighting of the National Christmas Tree. She instituted Candle Light Tours during the holidays for staff and families who came to visit the White House. President Nixon was known to visit homes for the elderly and Julie and Tricia visited children's hospitals leaving gifts. Mrs. Nixon hosted holiday parties for the children of the Diplomatic Corps, and she also invited the elderly and the military to have Thanksgiving at the White House. First Lady Pat Nixon delighted in having gingerbread houses placed on the mansion's mantles for people to enjoy during the Candle Light Tours. Location: Great Room.